3 fallen Detroit officers honored with memorial plaques

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit — Three police officers who died in the line of duty were honored Friday by having their memorial plaques unveiled at Public Safety Headquarters.

The plaques on the facility’s northern wall were dedicated to Officers Glenn Doss Jr., Darren Weathers and Donald Kimbrough. They joined the other 118 plaques honoring Detroit cops who have died in the line of duty since 1883.

“The department will always remember these officers,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. “When you see these plaques on the wall, you never forget.”

Kimbrough died Dec. 17 of complications resulting from being shot in 1972. He was responding to a loitering report when he was shot in the back. He was paralyzed from the waist down.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled Kimbrough’s death a homicide, and police are investigating the case.

Following Friday’s ceremony, Kimbrough’s sister, Arlene Hunter, said her brother never regretted being a Detroit cop.

“Law enforcement was Donald’s passion,” she said. “Even after he was shot, he never had anything bad to say about the job. A lot of times when something bad happens like that, people have regrets. Through all the years, Donald didn’t. All he ever wanted was to be a police officer.”

Doss died Jan. 28 after spending four days on life support. He was among a group of seven officers who was ambushed after responding to a domestic violence call on Jan. 24.

Police say Decharlos Brooks placed the emergency call to lure officers to his home in the 5500 block of McDougall, near Interstate 94 and Chene. When the officers arrived, Brooks allegedly began firing at them. Doss was a passenger in one of the vehicles when he was struck in the head.

Brooks, 43, was charged with first-degree murder.

Glenn Doss Sr., who is also a Detroit cop, thanked the police officials assembled at Friday’s ceremony.

“I wouldn’t trade this department for anything in the world,” he said.

Weathers was reportedly driving in southwest Detroit on Feb. 13 when he ran a red light, crashed into another vehicle and hit a wall. He died from his injuries.

Assistant Police Chief James White assured the families of the fallen officers they could always rely on the police department for support.

“We want you to know this police family is here to wrap their arms around you,” White said. “As you look around this room, these are your brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.”

The plaques and a memorial breakfast were donated by 411 Therapy, a Southfield physical therapy company.

The first Detroit officer killed while on duty was George Kimball, who died Oct. 5, 1883, while walking the beat near Beaubien and Jefferson. He was shot after encountering a group of men and prostitutes near the intersection. His killing remains unsolved.


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