Joel Popp, Michigan State Police Trooper Passed Away at 39

In an unfortunate incident that has left the community in shock and grief, Michigan State Police Trooper Joel Popp, aged 39, tragically lost his life while on duty. The sudden demise of the dedicated trooper has sent waves of sorrow across the state, leaving colleagues and family grappling with the heartbreaking loss.

Who was Joel Popp?

Joel Popp was a committed officer of the Michigan State Police, serving dutifully at the Tri-City post. Known for his dedication and professionalism, Popp joined the force in January 2020, graduating as a member of the 137th Trooper Recruit School. He leaves behind his devastated wife Stephanie and a young daughter.

Joel Popp Career

Popp’s career with the Michigan State Police was marked by commitment and bravery. Throughout his service, he was known for his diligence and adherence to duty, earning respect from his colleagues and superiors alike. His tragic passing marks him as the 56th soldier who died while performing their duties.

How Did Joel Popp Die?

On a fateful Wednesday evening, while conducting a traffic stop on northbound I-75, Popp was struck by an 81-year-old motorist. He was standing outside his vehicle, investigating a suspected impaired driver when the accident occurred. Despite being rushed to Hurley Medical Center, the extent of his injuries proved too severe, and he tragically passed away.

Blake Keller

Overnight, Michigan State Police says Tpr. Joel Popp, 39, has died after being hit by a car on I-75 at Birch Run Wednesday night at around 7:12 p.m.He enlisted with the MSP in January 2020, graduating as a member of the 137th Trooper Recruit School.Many thoughts to Mr. Popp’s wife and young daughter, loved ones, friends, law enforcement family and colleagues. May he Rest peacefully. 💙WNEMTV5newsMichigan State Police

What was the Cause of Joel Popp Death?

The cause of Tpr. Joel Popp’s death was the extensive injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. The driver responsible for the crash also suffered severe injuries but is expected to survive, according to police reports.

Michigan State Police

We are saddened to report Tpr. Joel Popp has passed away, as a result of injuries sustained after being struck on a traffic stop on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.Trooper Popp enlisted with the MSP in January of 2020, graduating as a member of the 137th Trooper Recruit School. He served at the Tri-City Post.

Joel Popp Obituary

As we mourn the tragic loss of Tpr. Joel Popp, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues, and all who knew him. His dedication to his duty, his commitment to maintaining law and order, and his unwavering bravery are a testament to his character.

Adam Cruickshank

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RIP Tpr. Joel Popp Tri-city post 💙 Your brothers and sisters have it from here. May you rest in peace and your family heal in this time of need.Trooper Popp enlisted with the MSP in January of 2020, graduating as a member of the 137th Trooper Recruit School. He served at the Tri-City Post.E.O.W: January 24th 2024Cause of death: Struck by VehicleYears Active: 4yrs

His passing is a stark reminder of the risks that law enforcement officers face every day in their line of duty. As we remember Trooper Popp, we honor his service and sacrifice, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Stephanie, his young daughter, and all his loved ones during this challenging time.

In memory of Tpr. Joel Popp, we salute the courage and dedication of all those who serve in law enforcement, risking their lives to keep our communities safe. His legacy will continue to inspire and remind us of the true meaning of service and sacrifice.

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