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Memorial for trooper killed in traffic accident unveiled

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For Lt. Mario Gonzales, and many more Michigan State troopers, Chad Wolf's death has reminded them of the sacrifice of wearing the uniform.

“You know, it's probably been the toughest ten and a half weeks of our lives,” Gonzales said.

Wolf died while on motorcycle patrol in August, when he was struck by a truck and dragged for miles.

“The biggest thing is we just miss him. But it's getting better and better,” Gonzales said.

And now, Gonzales and others will have a place to sit and remember Wolf's life.

On Thursday, a memorial bench was unveiled by Wolf's wife and daughters at Geneysis Regional Medical Center.

“It's a true fitting memorial for him as people can remember him and how he lived. And he lived good,” Gonzales said.

The bench is placed at the emergency entrance, where Wolf was brought after the accident.

“We wanted to make something good about this place. Not where he died, but where he lives on,” Gonzales said.

The bench was organized by Bikes on the Bricks, an annual event featuring police motorcycle patrols in Flint.

Wolf took part in the 2014 skills competition, and was registered to participate again this year, but died two weeks prior.

Written on the granite bench is Wolf's favorite passage, Psalms 23, something those around him said was so important to him.

“It's bittersweet thinking about Chad. We truly miss him. But we're honored he's going to be honored this way,” Gonzales said.

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