Funeral to be held today for Detroit police sergeant

Posted at 5:05 AM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 09:30:20-04

Today will be very somber inside the walls of Detroit's 9th precinct.

Our men and women in blue will say their final farewell to one of their own.

Sgt. Kenneth Steil will be remembered in a funeral service in St. Clair Shores. A massive turn-out is expected at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. 

We expect first responders from across the state of Michigan to attend for the family, to pay their respects to their brother in blue.

Steil was chasing down a man last week wanted for shooting his own father, when that suspect shot the officer. He was hit in the shoulder and was expected to make a full recovery, but died in the hospital from an apparent blood clot.

The 20-year DPD veteran, known for his hard work, was leading a unit of officers on the front lines and refused to be angry in the hospital.

In fact, we're told he was still leading from a hospital bed, working to be better and make the world better.

"Not once was he upset at the shooter, he actually forgave the shooter. It's our duty to forgive, don't carry hate in our hearts, don't carry anger in our hearts," said George Brikho, Steil's brother-in-law. 

The service is expected to begin around 11 a.m.