Funeral service planned for deputy killed in crash

Associated Press

Chelsea — A funeral service is planned for an Ingham County sheriff’s deputy who died after crashing his patrol vehicle during a chase.

Twenty-five-year-old Grant Whitaker was killed about 2 a.m. Sunday when his patrol car struck a tree in Stockbridge Township, southeast of Lansing. State police have asked for help in finding the occupants of the fleeing vehicle.

The funeral Mass is Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea.

On Thursday night, about 300 people gathered at the sheriff’s department offices in Mason for a candlelight vigil.

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the state Capitol complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Friday in honor of Whitaker.

In a statement, Snyder says: “Deputy Whitaker was a brave young man lost much too soon. He risked his life daily to protect the lives of Michiganders across our state.”

Crime Stoppers has announced a reward of $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in the case.

Whitaker was a sheriff’s deputy for a year and a half. He previously served with the Stockbridge Police Department and the Waterloo Township Police. He was a graduate of Stockbridge High School.

A memorial fund has been set up at Mason State Bank in Mason.