Officer Larry Nehasil was shot and killed in Walled Lake while conducting surveillance on two brothers wanted in connection with several burglaries and home invasion robberies. He and several other officers had followed the suspects to a home in a Walled Lake neighborhood. After observing the men break into a home the officers attempted to arrest them. One of the men fled out of the back door with Officer Nehasil chasing him. The man opened fire, striking Officer Nehasil. Despite being wounded, Officer Nehasil returned fire and killed the man. The other suspect was arrested and charged with second degree murder. He pleaded no contest to the charges and was subsequently sentenced to 100 to 150 years in prison. Officer Nehasil had served with the Livonia Police Department for 20 years and had previously served with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Officer Ervin Johnston responded to a call of a suspicious subject, who required assistance to his group home. While walking the subject to his patrol vehicle, the subject slipped. Officer Johnston caught him, supporting his body weight while maintaining his own balance, preventing a fall. Approximately one hour after talking him home, Officer Johnston suffered a heart attack as a result of his efforts.
Officer James Kelley was hired with the Livonia Police Department on January 20, 1986, and assigned to the uniformed Patrol Division. On April 10, 1992 while involved in a SWAT Team exercise, Office Kelley suddenly collapsed. Fellow officers attempted to revive him on the scene but were unsuccessful. Officer Kelley died of a heart attack.
Patrolman Sidney Dethloff and Patrolman Brandemihl responded to a disturbance call in Livonia. While investigating, on the shoulder side of a parked vehicle. Patrolman Dethloff was struck and killed by a speeding vehicle that had veered off the roadway. It is believed the driver suffered a heart attack, causing him to lose control of the car.
An effort to raise awareness and funds for the future Fallen Heroes Monument located at Larry Nehasil Park is ongoing. This monument shall provide a place of respect and honor to remember the sacrifice of these men. All donations made to this effort are Tax Deductible. Please visit www.NehasilPark.org for more information.