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DeJanay BoothWeb Producer. He was a beloved, iconic, and respected law enforcement official.
He was progressive and he was old school. He was tough and he had a heart of gold. But most of all, he was a genuine, caring, and loyal friend and colleague. I will miss him forever. I cannot think of a leader in this town who has been more loved and admired than Benny.
Please keep his daughter Tiffani, his family and friends, and the entire Wayne County sheriffs office in your prayers as they struggle with their painful loss. We worked together closely on law enforcement matters to protect the families and neighborhoods of Wayne County. Benny Napoleon was truly a gentleman in every sense of the word. I am grateful to have been his friend.
Saving 's life no matter the risk was a way of life for Benny. My Brother R. I have long admired his work at the department and was honored to have an opportunity to partner with him as a colleague. Benny was beloved by so many in the Wayne County community and around the state. We enjoyed a close relationship since the time I took office, including working feverishly together last spring to bring much-needed PPE to his department to protect his deputies, who he cared so deeply for.
I could always count on Benny for his support, his input and his cooperation. He was a wonderful man and his passing is a loss not only for his family but also for his many friends and co-workers. Benny had so much life yet to live; our community has once again lost someone larger than life to this vicious pandemic. It was an honor and a privilege to call him my sheriff.
Benny Napoleon dedicated his life to making the lives of the people of Wayne County safer and better for his service. For Benny public service was about duty and justice and policing that both was protective and fair in its administration. He rose from the police beat, to Police Chief, to Assistant County Administrator and County Sheriff, breaking barriers and creating goodwill. Benny was a friend of the UAW who did not shy away from the divisions we still battle today. It is the irony of ironies that this protector could not be saved from this tragic pandemic.
Whether you knew him or not, and I knew him well, we will all miss Benny Napoleon because he made us all a little safer - and left us all better as people in a safer, friendlier and most of all a better community. I was privileged to work with him on policy issues at both the state and federal level that made a difference for law enforcement across the New to town and miss my friend Detroit. It was comforting to know that our county partner to the south was always a phone call away and Benny always stepped up if we needed assistance.
Sheriff Napoleon will be deeply missed and I am saddened to lose a close member of my law enforcement family. His Quick Laugh, eager partnership, and candid counsel is what I will miss most. He was a truly special person. Sharon, Tiffani and his whole family are in my prayers.
Benny was a pillar in the community—a model public servant who lead by example through conscientious words and selfless service. All throughout the COVID pandemic, Sheriff Napoleon stood tall on the front lines alongside members of his department to ensure that our community had what it needed to get through this crisis together.
He was a progressive ally and champion for changing the justice system to better serve society. And he offered himself as a mentor at every opportunity, so that young leaders, like myself, can be, believe in, and become our greatest selves. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in power. Sheriff Napoleon was a trusted member of law enforcement throughout the county and his experience in lawfully handling cases never questioned. Chief Napoleon had been an iconic figure since entering law enforcement in with the Detroit Police Department and respected by law enforcement officials across the nation.
He was a great friend who served our communities courageously and, on behalf of the Wayne County Commission, prayers go out to his beloved family at this time of sorrow. Chief Napoleon you will be missed, but never forgotten. A lifelong Detroiter and highly respected law enforcement official who had a deep devotion to his family and the citizens he had the honor to serve. It is with tremendous sadness and gratitude that we offer our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family and loved ones.
Benny was not just a Sheriff. He was a Watchmen who loved and protected this community. He was a selfless warrior for peace through justice. We have lost a true pillar in our community. He was a dedicated public servant, a loving father to his daughter Tiffani, and a life-long friend to many. My heart aches as Renata and I send out our prayers and condolences to the family. Benny and I were more than colleagues. We were close friends. Benny shared a love for Wayne County — especially for the city of Detroit—and that love showed in his passion for making our lives better and our community safer and fairer.
Benny had such a strong bond with the men and women who put on the uniform every day. I know he was strengthened by your thoughts and prayers in these last weeks. I can honestly say the world is a better place because of my friend Benny, and I will miss him dearly. As a son of a Baptist pastor, and having been raised in the church, Sheriff Napoleon walked with a common touch, spoke with a tender tongue and valued all no matter their station in life. This public policy failure had claimed a giant leader.
May those of us yet here do all we can to ensure that no other may senselessly succumb to such a life ending fate. A fixture in law-enforcement and public service, our community has lost a great leader and keeper of the faith.
He shall be missed. I am speaking of Benny Napoleon. Benny, as he was affectionately known by everyone he met, was the true essence of a Detroiter. Later, he ran successfully several times as Wayne County Sheriff. Benny was the star point guard of the basketball team and I cheered his actions from the stands as a member of the Pep Club.
Even back then, everyone could see Benny was destined for greatness. Beneath all his successes was a deep and abiding faith in God. Benny possessed a strong religious foundation and was never shy to let others know of his love for Jesus Christ. Benny came from the Napoleon family whose members believe in faith, treating people fairly and lending a hand to those in need. Along with all Detroiters, I express my love and condolences to them during this time of great loss.
Benny made our city better and we will miss him. His smile sparkled and led us through rough times. His calm demeanor reassured us that, no matter the problem, we would make it through. Benny inspired all those around him and leaves scores of colleagues that he taught, guided and mentored. Thank you Benny for loving us. Thank you Benny for protecting us. Thank you Benny for showing us that the best of humanity could come from the city of Detroit.
We are forever grateful for you. I want no American to become ill from Covid and no one to die. He recognized his calling early in life, his work exemplified what law enforcement should be, and he faced challenges with a collaborative, can-do spirit.New to town and miss my friend Detroit
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