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State Trooper Funerals Draw Thousands, But Not Now

COVID-19 restrictions limit fallen officer’s funeral to 100

Michigan State Police Trooper Caleb Starr was struck by a drunk driver’s vehicle while on duty July 10 and died from those injuries on July 31.

The Michigan State Police confirmed that attendance at Starr’s funeral would be restricted by COVID-19 related executive orders limiting the number of people who may attend an outside event.

The latest executive order would allow 10 people if the funeral were held indoors and no more than 100 people if it were outdoors.

The Detroit News reported that Michigan State Police trooper Chad Wolf’s funeral drew an estimated 3,500 people in 2015, including many police officers who came from other states.

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