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Bloomfield Hills Sergeant dies at station after removing tree from roadway

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 4, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Sgt. Steven Splan’s untimely passing was recognized immediately by his POLC coworkers, who gathered to honor him the day after he passed away while on duty.

Sgt. Splan died of a heart attack Aug. 2, just hours after cutting apart and removing a tree blocking Bloomfield Hills Parkway.

Photo courtesy of Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department
Bloomfield Hills Sgt. Steven Splan

On Aug. 3, Some 20 police cars accompanied his body from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office in Pontiac to his hometown of Rochester, where the city fire department presented a flag in his honor.

Sgt. Splan was found unresponsive by his coworkers around 11 p.m. Aug. 2 inside the Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department. “We were surprised. He was close with his coworkers,” said Bloomfield Hills Det. Lt. Jeff Gormley, a POLC Executive Committee member. “He was by himself at the station. He went into the break room to make something to eat.”

Splan had returned to the station after helping city workers get roadways reopened. “We had a storm come through and there were trees down everywhere,” Gormley said. “Our DPW was removing another tree. We’re a small city, so we just get it done. The quicker we get the roads open, the safer and easier it is for everyone.”

A former longtime Volunteer Firefighter with the Troy Fire Department, Splan has been with the Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department for the past 15 years, working as a Firefighter and Police Officer. “He was a problem solver,” Gormley said. “He liked to help people out at work and made sure people got everything they needed.”

Sgt. Splan is survived by his wife, Sara, and four daughters ages 8, 11, 13 and 16. Click here for the GoFundMe account set up through the department to help the family or click here and login to Facebook for the Sgt. Steve Splan Memorial Fundraiser, which also benefits Sgt. Splan’s family.

Gormley described him as a very involved dad, taking care of his girls and attending their activities when he wasn’t busy working. “He was very family-orientated,” Gormley said. “His daughters are all into dance and that was a big part of their lives.”

Splan also enjoyed woodworking and had just finished building cabinetry for his kitchen, he said.

The department investigation continues while funeral arrangements are being made through Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Drive, Rochester, MI, 48307. The viewing will be held 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood Ave., Rochester, MI 48304. Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required.

The funeral will be held at noon Friday, Aug. 7 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, with emergency vehicle staging is currently at 10:30 a.m. Interment following service at Guardian Angel Cemetery, located at 4701 Rochester Road, Rochester, MI 48306.


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