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"Thin Blue Line of Michigan" Founder Dies

July 21, 2014  | 

Photo: Grand Rapids PD via Facebook
Photo: Grand Rapids PD via Facebook

The Founder and Executive Director of Thin Blue Line of Michigan, Laurie Ann Reinacher, age 56, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her loving family early Saturday morning, July 19, 2014.

According to their mission statement, The Thin Blue Line of Michigan is a non-profit organization, which exists to provide assistance in the areas of financial, legal, benefit recovery, counseling, funeral stipends, college stipends, medical costs, medical equipment and other areas of hardship to the families of injured, personal illness, disabled or deceased members of the law enforcement community in addition to Firefighters, Dispatchers, Corrections, EMT, EMS and Administrative Clerks.

The Grand Rapids Police Department posted on their Facebook page:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Laurie Reinacher who was a champion of injured and fallen officers. A founding member of the Thin Blue Line of Michigan and a surviving spouse of an officer killed in the line of duty, Laurie fought hard for the men and women in law enforcement. Sadly, she lost her battle to cancer, but her legacy will always live on. Thank you Laurie, we will forever remember your dedication, tenacity, and love. Rest in peace."

Comments (9)

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Trigger @ 7/22/2014 4:52 AM

Laurie, thank you for your service to the fallen officers of Michigan. May the Good Lord hold you close to Him. Scott your "family" is here to support and comfor you.

GPPDswat. @ 7/22/2014 6:25 AM

It sounds like Mrs. Reinacher was a really special person and a true friend to LE. My thoughts and prayers going out to her family and friends. RIP

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 7/22/2014 4:03 PM

Rest in peace Laurie. God took you too soon, you did so much. My sincere condolences to your family. You will be missed.

Diane Bawcum @ 7/23/2014 7:42 AM

I wish Laurie eternal peace in the arms of the Lord. She was instrumental at our time of loss, and we will be forever grateful for all she did for my daughter and granddaughter. We will never understand why our Earth Angel had to leave us. Laurie is now one of God's angels watching over from above.

Mat Hodapp @ 7/23/2014 7:43 AM

Scott and family...
I am VERY sad to hear of Laurie's death...she was a wonderful woman and special advocate for families whose loved ones gave the Ultimate Sacrifice. I always enjoyed our times together at NTC conferences.

Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers...

Sgt. Mat Hodapp (MN State Patrol)
Chairman - National Troopers Coalition

Sgt. Gary Valentine (Ret) @ 7/23/2014 11:06 AM

I had the honor to have known Laurie for some time. We often crossed paths at officer funerals or conferences. She was always a comforting force to families and departments helping them through difficult time. She was there helping families navigate the often large task of benefit recovery. When she spoke people listened. Your legacy will forever be remembered by the many you have helped in times of tragedy. A true champion for the families of our fallen family in blue. Sadly we say farewell. You will be missed by your family, friends and all of the public safety community.

Kelly @ 7/24/2014 8:28 AM

Laurie is a very special person. She has a wonderful sense of humor and was truly a gifted person. We're all better off because of Laurie Reinacher.

Jeff Durham @ 12/10/2014 9:01 AM

so sorry to hear of this after I moved away from there. Rest in peace.

Jeff Durham @ 1/4/2015 5:45 PM

sorry to hear of you passing away after I left, if I had only known of the quick passing of you, I would of stayed their with Scott, Severin and Sirgay. I'll return some day to visit you Scott an Severin, it will be my pleasure to. I had such good times with you Scott, and Severin, we will talk about all the fun times we had together. Can't forget the really fun times with you, Laurie and the time Severin came into my bedroom to tell me about what I did to the nurses in the hospital and what my family thought of me.

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