In 2005, Sgt. Richard Charles Hogan retired from his position as deputy of the Lapeer County Sheriff Department. He’d had a long career of serving and protecting his community and was ready for some well-earned rest. He enjoyed 12 years of peaceful retirement before passing away of natural causes this past January.
His family led a funeral procession honoring Hogan’s life, but it was a gesture from one man– a total stranger– that meant the most to Hogan’s grieving family: a salute held in the freezing cold.
Hogan’s son, Mark Steffler, spotted the saluting stranger and stopped processing to take a photo of the man which he posted to Facebook. The photo was shared right and left, and eventually the man was identified as Keith Quinlan. Mark re-posted the photo with the message below:
My father, retired Sgt. Richard Hogan, passed away suddenly on Monday this week and during his procession, a stranger got out of his car and saluted him, He stood in the freezing temperature and showed such reverence and respect to our family and to my father during his last ride. It was something that touched all who witnessed it. We later found out his name is Keith Quinlan. What a great show of respect from this man.
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Quinlain’s wife saw the photo and commented explaining that Quinlain had served in the U.S. Army.
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