End of Watch: July 19, 2000 Age: 29 Tour of Duty: 2 years Badge Number: 1443
Deputy Shane Britton was killed on July 19, 2000, when his patrol vehicle left the road and hit a tree at 2310 hours. He was responding to a call for assistance after a report of a man with a gun.
Shane Allen Britton was born in Pennsylvania on May 8, 1971 to Jim and Beth Britton. The Brittons were missionaries whose travels led them to Indonesia, where Shane grew up. He became fluent in many languages, including Indonesian and Spanish. By the time Shane was ready for high school, his family consisting of his parents and his two brothers, Seth and Jim had moved to Florida.
Post High School
After high school, Shane divided his time between Florida and Michigan, working and attending school. He followed his parents into missionary work, traveling with a group to Bolivia in the early 1980's. A young woman from Canada named Lynn was also in that group.
Shane and Lynn were married eight years later. They had two children, Luke and Alise. Shane continued his studies while working and in December 1998 graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Shane served as a reserve officer in Hudsonville, MI before joining the Cass County Sheriff's Office in March 1999.
Deputy Shane Britton loved his job as a police officer and he served the people of Cass County with distinction. He particularly enjoyed working with people, especially children. Shane's devotion to his family and his faith in Christ were his core values. His loss will be severely felt by everyone who had the good fortune to know him.