Sheriff took part in 9-11 memorial service at state capitol

LANSING — As many people took time to reflect on the events of 9-11 during the 16th anniversary of the tragedy, Sheriff Rich Martin was invited by Rep. Scott VanSingel (R-Grant), to take part in a special ceremony on the House Floor at Lansing.

“Each state rep was asked to invite two public safety members from their district to take part in a 9-11 observance ceremony,” Martin said. “We got to sit on the House Floor and listen to the Speaker of the House and other staff members. There was a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives. The reps gave us recognition four our services as first responders and public safety professionals. After the ceremony were treated to a lunch.”

“It was pretty cool to take part in this event. I was able to take a lot of pictures and toured the rooms of the old Michigan Supreme Court and other historic sites.”

Along with Martin, VanSingel also invited Craig Mast, the sheriff of Oceana County.

VanSingel was happy to recognize the public safety members.

“It was an honor to have Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin and Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast as guests for the 9-11 memorial service,” he said. “I’m thankful for their service and all those who put themselves in danger to protect and serve the public.”