Funeral procession, services scheduled Thursday for Taylor Auxiliary Police Lt. Kromer

The public is invited to honor Taylor Auxiliary Police Lt. Dan Kromer – who was killed in the line of duty – during a brief procession and then the funeral on Thursday, September 16.

At about 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Lt. Kromer will be transported from Martenson Funeral Home in Allen Park to the Downriver Campus of Wayne County Community College at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor.

The hearse, which will be accompanied by several Taylor police vehicles, will travel west on Goddard Road past Taylor City Hall, the Police Department and Municipal Complex. The vehicle will continue west to Beech Daly Road, then south on Beech Daly to Northline, and then west on Beech Daly to the college.

Lt. Kromer will lie in state from 11 a.m. to noon at WCCCD’s Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center. The funeral service begins at noon.

Hundreds of police officers from around the region are expected. The funeral is open to the public.

Parking is available in the campus lot.

There will be no procession from the college to a cemetery.

City of Taylor offices are closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so employees can pay their respect during the drive by city facilities and attend the funeral.

Lt. Kromer, a 54-year-old Newport resident, was a 20-year veteran of the all-volunteer Taylor Auxiliary Police Department. He died the evening of September 7 after he was struck while assisting a motorist on I-94.

The vehicle, driven by Nino Edward Delpiano, 40, of Dearborn, fled the scene. Delpiano was arrested two days later and has been charged with six counts, including second-degree murder.

A second day of funeral visitation for Lt. Kromer is scheduled through 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, at Martenson Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to the Family of Dan Kromer in care of the Thin Blue Line at any PNC Bank, Account 4244506-209.

Lt. Kromer was the second Taylor officer killed in the line of duty in 47 days. Taylor police Cpl. Matthew Edwards was shot and killed while responding to a reported burglary on July 23. Tyress Trearndos Mathews, 36, of Westland faces six charges in the death, including premeditated murder.

Cpl. Edwards was the first Taylor police officer killed in the line of duty. Lt. Kromer was the first Taylor Auxiliary Police officer killed in the line of duty.