That’s what Lt. Dale Hinz, the post’s commander, said he will remember most about Myers.
“He was one of those guys that was always upbeat and positive,” Hinz said. “It’s definitely a lot quieter around here without his personality.”
Myers, an 11-year veteran of MSP who was named the agency’s Motor Carrier Officer of the Year in 2010, died early Tuesday at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo from injuries suffered Aug. 19 in a rollover crash near Decatur.
MSP Lt. Dale Hinz talks about the death of MSP Motor Carrier Officer Dennis Myers
Lt. Dale Hinz, commander of the Michigan State Police post in Paw Paw, talks about the death Tuesday of MSP Motor Carrier Officer Dennis Myers. Myers died early Tuesday from injuries he suffered Aug. 19 in a rollover crash near Decatur.
Myers had been hospitalized in critical condition before he was taken off life support just after 12 a.m. Tuesday.
Hinz said state police had gotten word from Myers’ family over weekend that he would likely be removed from life support. “It still is something that is pretty shocking when it does occur,” he said.
Myers joined MSP in 2001 and had been stationed at the post in Paw Paw since 2007. The office for the motor carrier division is located next to Hinz’s office at the post.
“He’s a very well-thought-of, dedicated officer and one that’s going to be sorely missed here at the post,” the commander said. “It’s definitely a somber mood around here this morning.”
Myers is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 9 and 11. No information on funeral arrangements was available.
Myers was off duty when he crashed his Honda Civic on County Road 352 west of Decatur in Van Buren County. A passerby found Myers’ car at about 11:30 p.m. and he had no heartbeat when first responders arrived.
Hinz said last week that it appeared Myers was westbound on CR 352 when one of his tires went off the north side of the road and he overcorrected, losing control of the car and driving off the south side of the road. The car rolled before landing on its roof.
Police have said Myers was alone and was wearing his seatbelt. Hinz said last week that there was no evidence that alcohol was a factor. He said Tuesday that police are continuing to investigate the crash and are awaiting results of toxicology tests.
Rex Hall Jr. is a public safety reporter for MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. You can reach him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter.
Michigan State Police
Tuesday, August 27, 2013