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Local law enforcement officers perform a 21-gun salute at a ceremony for Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot at the Walker Police and Fire Memorial City Central Park. (Lauren Petracca/MLive.com)

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Family, community members honor anniversary of fallen police officer By Brian McVicar

bmcvicar@mlive.com

Family, friends and community members gathered Saturday to remember Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot, who was killed two years ago while trying to stop a pair of armed bank robbers. One by one, those who knew Slot described him as a loving famSlot ily man that was devoted to his job and whose infectious laugh and personality brought joy to his colleagues. “It’s hard to believe that another year has passed because I know not one day passes without some sort of memory or thought of you,” said Erika TenEyck, Slot’s sister. “It’s not just the same without hearing your laugh.” The ceremony, held at

the Walker Police and Fire Memorial City Central Park, featured a 21-gun salute, a performance of Taps and prayers by friends and family. It was followed by a 5K run to raise money for members of the Walker Police Department to participate in the Police Unity Tour in Washington D.C., which raises awareness of officers who have died in the line of duty. Walker Public Safety Director Catherine GarciaLindstrom said it’s important to remember Slott and the “ultimate sacrifice” he made for his community. “It’s one of the least and few things that the community can do for the department, but especially the family,” she said, following the ceremony. Slot, 41, was killed as he rushed to assist police chasing a pair of armed bank robbers who held up a ChoiceOne Bank in Ravenna. He had stopped his cruiser and was getting ready to pull

stop sticks from his car when he was struck by the robbers’ Oldsmobile. Slot left behind a wife and two daughters. For many, the pain of his death is still fresh. Walker Police Officer Robin Maley, who worked closely with Slot for five years, remembers bonding with Slot over their shared love of comedy. “His laugh could carry you for a hundred miles,” Maley said. Slot was the first member of the city’s police department to die in the line of duty — a fact that many community members won’t soon forget, said commissioner Al Parent. “I can’t say I knew him well, but everyone in the police department always spoke so highly of Trevor Slot,” he said. “It says a lot for his character, his dedication to the city, being a good police officer and just a good man.”

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