Fallen Heroes Monument


at Larry Nehasil Park

Heroes

Officer Larry Nehasil

Officer Larry Nehasil

On January 17, 2011 Officer Larry Nehasil and other members of the Livonia Police Intelligence Bureau were conducting surveillance on two suspects in connection with several burglaries and home invasions in Livonia. They followed the suspects into Walled Lake and observed them breaking into a home. When the surveillance team moved in to make the arrest, the suspects fled in different directions. As Officer Nehasil pursued one of the suspects into the backyard, the suspect opened fire with a handgun he had stolen inside the residence, striking Officer Nehasil several times. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Nehasil returned fire and killed his assailant. Read more...


 
Officer Ervin Johnston

Officer Ervin Johnston

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

Officer James Kelley

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

Patrolman Sidney Dethloff

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.


 
Fireman Gary Kreski

Fireman Gary Kreski

Fireman Kreski responded with other firefighters from Station #6 to a structure fire on Middlebelt Road. First to enter the building, Kreski was unaware that the structural integrity of the building was compromised, with no warning, the roof suddenly collapsed trapping Kreski inside, while others narrowly escaped and tried in vain to reach him. Fellow firefighters' worst fears were realized when they finally reached Kreski, who had succumbed to his injuries.