2017-12-07 / News

Communities mourn death of former Davison officer

By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

Tammy Bice is pictured at her swearing in as a City of Grand Blanc Police Officer, June 10, 2015 
Photo by Paula K. Schmidt Tammy Bice is pictured at her swearing in as a City of Grand Blanc Police Officer, June 10, 2015 Photo by Paula K. Schmidt GENESEE COUNTY — Police agencies and other agencies are mourning the loss of one of their own following the death of former Davison police officer Tammy Bice.

Grand Blanc Police Chief Brian Lipe and the department, where Bice has worked te past two years, issued a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened with the untimely death of one of our officers, Tammy Bice, who passed away at her home in Genesee Township in the early morning hours of Nov. 29.

“On duty, she was an outstanding officer with an exceptional record, far exceeding every expectation asked of our officers. Off duty, she was an extraordinary person who had a love for animals and showed that love by being actively involved in the Pets in Peril program in Flint. “Tammy also had a soft spot for kids. Last Christmas season, she introduced our department to a wonderful little girl who was battling cancer. Ariana stole the hearts of the officers for her strength and courage and it was easy to see why Tammy was touched by her.

“Our condolences go out to Tammy’s family. We are honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to have worked with such a wonderful officer and person. She will be greatly missed.”

Retired Davison Police Chief Bill Brandon echoed Lipe’s sentiments about his former officer.

“Tammy had the type of personality that connected with people. Always a very effective officer and respected by all. She was the first female police officer for our city,” said Brandon. “Her position, as well as two other full-time officers and a dispatcher, were lost in 2010 during a severe financial cutback. A great loss to all.”

Det. Bryan Byarski, one of her co-workers, said “Tammy was a great person and terrific officer. I knew reviewing reports that hers would always be spot on and they were every time. She always went the extra mile, whether it was getting the bad guy or helping someone out that needed it. I always looked forward to shift change and the witty banter that would take place. She was funny and caring and could dish it out with the best of them. Rarely would you be able to tease her without her giving it right back and usually better!”

Gretchen Sommer, owner of Lucky Day Animal Rescue, said she was a close friend of Bice. She said she was not only an amazing police officer, but also a huge advocate for animals. Her passion was outreach and she did so much for the chained dogs in Flint with the organization PIP (Pets in Peril). Additionally, she was actively involved in helping the homeless (through Project Dignity) and helping kids with cancer.

“Tammy was also a great friend to the animals and humans here at Lucky Day and she will be forever missed,” Sommer said. “Tammy made a difference every single day and she left behind a legacy.”

Co-worker Jim Johnson said, “I had the privilege of working with Tammy Bice for the last two and a half years. During that time, Tammy showed that she was an excellent officer who would not back down from any challenge.” He added she was very dependable and loved her job as a Police Officer with the City of Grand Blanc.

“Tammy had a huge heart and was always there for anyone needing a hand or just an ear to listen. She loved helping out community members, whether they be individuals from Grand Blanc or Detroit, it didn’t matter to her,” Johnson explained. “If they needed help, she was there. Tammy was also really into the dog rescue community, spending almost all of her off time trying to improve the living arrangements of dogs in unfortunate situations. After a lot, and I mean a lot of nagging, begging and pleading, my family finally gave in and rescued a young dog that Tammy had found for us. Tammy was right, a rescued dog’s love is second to none, and the decision was one of the best decisions my family has made.”

He added she will be “very missed.”

Calls to the Genesee Township

Police Department for further information were not returned by deadline.

(Gary Gould, managing editor, contributed to this article.)

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