Never Forgotten


The Jackson County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney Victim Rights Unit held a rededication of the Victims of Violent Crime Memorial in Cascades Park on July 30. Despite the rain, the event drew a large crowd. The original memorial was built in 2005 and contains the names and photos of more than 90 victims from Jackson County. A 5-foot-8 wall was added in 2014 to afford room for more than 100 plaques. Five names and images were added to the memorial this year: Maxine Friend, Gregory Stack, Jason Brewer, Frances Craig and 18-month-old Brenden Hartranft.


Chris Boulter, deputy director of the Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Department, and Doug Anderson, grandfather of a victim.


Jackson County Victims Rights Unit Coordinator Sue Vogt read out all the names on the memorial.

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Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka (right) and Larry Mentink, father of 1989 murder victim James Mentink and the driving force behind the creation of the memorial.


Judge Joseph Filip spoke to attendees.


Detective Joe Merritt from Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Department shakes hands with a child.


Retired Prosecutor Cold Case Investigator Melvin Hartman and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kati Rezmierski.

Photos courtesy of Bob Vogt

Published: Mon, Aug 08, 2016