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Hero Down: Bloomfield Hills DPS Sgt. Steven Splan Dies From Heart Attack At Police Station

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety (BHDPS) Sergeant Steven Splan died in the line of duty on Sunday after he suffered a heart attack at the police station.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, the 46-year-old sergeant responded to a report of a large tree that had fallen onto Bloomfield Hills Parkway, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Sgt. Splan and other officers proceeded to cut up and remove the tree from the roadway, BHDPS Sergeant Daniel Madden told The Detroit News.

Afterwards, Sgt. Splan returned to the police station.

The 15-year veteran-of-the-force was found unresponsive inside the building at approximately 11 p.m.

He had suffered a fatal heart attack, The Oakland Press reported.

Sgt. Splan worked as a salesman and served as a volunteer firefighter with the Troy Fire Department prior to embarking on his law enforcement career, BHDPS Detective Lieutenant Jeffrey Gormley told The Oakland Press.

“Steve was a people person,” Lt. Gormley said. “He was very personable. He liked solving problems and helping people out.”

The married father-of-four was especially devoted to his family.

“He was a very hands-on dad,” Lt. Gormley told The Oakland Press. “If he wasn’t at work, he was taking care of the girls.”

A procession of approximately 20 law enforcement vehicles escorted the fallen sergeant’s body from the Oakland County Medial Examiner’s Office to the Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester.

Sgt. Splan will be laid to rest on Friday, according to The Oakland Press.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety Sergeant Steven Splan, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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