State trooper's death a reminder of dangers police encounter

Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield's death Monday night is a reminder of the dangers law enforcement officials face every day to protect the public.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel said making traffic stops is one of the most dangerous parts of the job.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of all officer, line-of-duty deaths in 1999 were related to traffic incident.

Sheriff Federspiel said officers often encounter uninsured drivers, impaired drivers, or drivers with a criminal history, which all increase the potential for danger.

â??We do have a very dangerous job. It's always dangerous, we're always dealing with people who are confrontational, and we just must always be careful. I always remind not only my staff but other agencies, be careful,â?? Federspiel said.

He also said he's prepared to send his deputies to Mason County to relieve troopers and police officers there who wish to attend Trooper Butterfield's funeral.