unheralded hero

marshal franklin boice

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Village of Orion

Rank: Village Marshal

Badge:  Unknown

Served: 4 Years

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Village of Orion

Location of Incident (Present Day): Outside Village Jail in Orion, Michigan

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Age at Time of Death: 43


Date of Birth: 13 September 1854

Date of Appointment: April 1894

Date of Incident: 24 August 1898

End of Watch: 24 August 1898

Date of Interment: August 1898


Unheralded Hero Investigation Began: 20 September 2021

Accepted By Agency: Accepted by Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard on July 7, 2022

Approved By National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: July 29, 2022


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery in Lake Orion, Michigan
 Grave Location: East 085
 Interment Disposition: Burial



 Military Service: No Military Service


Memorial Details

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Approved for 2023 Inclusion

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

Memorial at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum: Not Listed

Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: Not Listed

Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial: Not Listed


Incident & Biographic Details

Village Marshal Franklin Boice suffered a fatal heart attack after arresting a subjet for being drunk in public. He was walking the man to the village jail with the assistance of a citizen when he suddenly collapsed just a few feet from the jail's door. Marshal Boice had served as the marshal of the village of Orion for four years. He was survived by his wife and one child.