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Tecumseh Sergeant dies in tree cutting accident

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: December 16, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor with media excerpts

The POLC regrets to announce the tragic loss of one of our longtime members due to an off-duty accident Monday, Dec. 14.

“Sgt. Darrin Briggs, a 23-year veteran of the Tecumseh Police Department, died in a tree cutting accident yesterday at his home,” said Tecumseh Police Chief Brett Cooker in a WLEN.com audio recording. “He was 45-years-old and just an absolutely wonderful, wonderful guy, down to earth. It’s very, very sad and unfortunate to lose Darrin like that.”

Courtesy of Tecumseh Police Department
Tecumseh Police Sgt. Darrin Briggs

Public visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Reading. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.

Briggs was using a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree into sections when the tree trunk fell on top of him, trapping him underneath it, according to an miheadlines.com article. He was deceased when Michigan State Police Jackson Post Troopers arrived on the scene shortly after 6:50 p.m.

POLC Labor Rep. Duane Smith and Briggs shared common interests in representing POLC members and a love of the outdoors.

“Darrin Briggs was one of my stewards, so I’ve known him for 14 years,” Smith said. “He’s been active in the Union representing Tecumseh Police Department for years.”

Smith recounted how Briggs told him about his many hiking adventures with his wife, Becky.

“He would take a month or more off every year to go to the Appalachian Trail. They hiked big chunks of it over the years,” Smith said.

Funeral and graveside services for Sgt. Briggs will be private. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Moscow Fire Department.

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