Local State Trooper Honored
Written by Jesse Baroka on February 7, 2019
WAKEFIELD – Eleven Michigan State Police troopers across the U.P. including from from the Wakefield Post were awarded the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award. Tpr. Alexander L. Sackmann of the Wakefield Post received this award which is only given to the top 5 percent of troopers in each district who look “past the traffic stop.” Sackmann made 11 felony arrests in 2018 that met the criteria for this award. Sackmann joined the department in 2017 and came to the Wakefield Post directly out of the 133rd Trooper Recruit School. He is a 2008 graduate of A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer and graduated summa cum laude from Northern Michigan University in 2012, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He joined the Michigan National Guard in 2009 as a combat engineer with the 107th Engineer Battalion (Upper Peninsula). He was commissioned as an officer in the Engineer Regiment and has served four years active duty, including a tour in Afghanistan, holding the rank of captain. Currently, he is serving as Commander of the 1431 Engineer Company, Michigan National Guard in Calumet. Each award recipient receives a special service ribbon to wear on their uniform which has 7 blue stars in honor of Corporal Mapes who was the seventh MSP trooper to die in the line of duty. All of the troopers were recognized at a ceremony yesterday in Lansing. The award was established to honor Mapes, an early pioneer who was shot and killed after stopping two vehicles he suspected of transporting illegal liquor. Sackmann currently resides in Bessemer.