Retired mid-Michigan police officer dies from cancer

A retired mid-Michigan police officer has died after a years-long fight against cancer.
Published: May. 17, 2023 at 12:20 PM EDT
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BIRCH RUN, Mich. (WNEM) – A retired mid-Michigan police officer died after losing his fight to cancer.

The Birch Run and Frankenmuth Police Departments announced the death of Rob Neilson on Facebook on Wednesday, May 17.

“He has been fighting for several years and always had a positive attitude,” the Birch Run department’s post said. “Although Rob was no longer an active member of the department, he was still our brother.”

“You will be truly missed. We thank you for your service. We will take it from here. Rest well,” Frankenmuth Police said in its post.

Neilson was known in the community for his community activism. He took a medical retirement in 2021 after 22 years of service in Frankenmuth. He was also Village of Birch Run Police Officer of the Year in 2020.

“We love you Rob! Rest easy, we have the watch from here,” the Birch Run Police department said in its Facebook post.

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