2018-03-12 / Front Page

Port Huron animal control officer from Peck dies

Staff Writer

Dan Woodruff Dan Woodruff PECK — A Peck High School graduate who was celebrating his 20th year as Port Huron Police Department’s animal control officer died unexpectedly March 2.

Dan Woodruff, 39, of Burtchville Township, passed away after a medical emergency at his home.

Woodruff started his career as a cadet with the Port Huron Police Dept. in October 1996. He was promoted to a full-time position as the department's animal control officer in January 1998.

Woodruff also handled vehicle processing, video evidence administration and assisted with property room duties. He was the current treasurer of the Port Huron Police Officers Association and was active member of the Police Officers Association of Michigan for many years.

“Today was the toughest day,” posted the Port Huron Police Dept. on Facebook. “Dan Woodruff was a friend and a brother. Each of us has a “Dan Story,” stories which are full of his deep laughter and contagious smile. Whether if it was in the office, on the road, or while sitting on a chair in his garage, Dan left an impression on us all that will never fade.”

He is survived by his children, Lilly and Wyatt Woodruff, and his mother, Nancy Pringle.

Visitation was held March 6 at Pollock-Randall Funeral Home in Port Huron. Funeral services were held March 7 at Colonial Woods Missionary Church with the Rev. Max Amstutz officiating.

Burial was held in Elk Township Cemetery. Pallbearers were members of Woodruff’s family and Port Huron Police Department. Memorials may be made to Matthew Woodruff for Lilly and Wyatt.

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