JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Five years ago Officer James Bonneau was on a call with the Jackson Police Department when the unthinkable happened.
Steven Starpino remembers it as the worst day of his life.
“I remember going to the scene and going into the house and seeing Officer Darren Macintosh who was shot in the leg and in extreme pain and Officer Bonneau who was laying on the floor not moving,” said Steven Starpino, retired Jackson City Police officer.
Bonneau is remembered as ‘the best of the best,’ an officer who gave everything to his city and his work.
“I think perhaps the biggest concern is that Jim’s sacrifices could be forgotten and I know his parents worry about it and we worry about it and I think when you have events such as this that it helps keeps Jim’s memory alive,” said Matthew Heins, director of Jackson Police and Fire Services.
U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg authored legislation to rename Jackson’s post office on Michigan Avenue after Bonneau.
So that his dedication will never be forgotten and so his parents will have another way to remember him.
“They’ve gone on with life, but the thought is still there. We’ve had various times when we’ve honored them, but this more or less is a conclusion, a plaque will be on the wall. When they come back to this area they can go to the post office and see it,” said U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg (r), 7th district.
A plaque will be placed inside the front doors of the post office so that everyone who walks in can remember him.
It will be called the ‘James Bonneau Memorial Post Office.’