Remembering Joe Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- One year ago, a handcuffed man shot and killed Bailiff Ronald Kienzle and Joe Zangaro, the head of security at the Berrien County Courthouse. On the one year anniversary, the two victims are being remembered by family, friends and colleagues.
Joseph Zangaro of Stevensville was 61-years-old when he died in the line of duty.
Zangaro began his law enforcement career with the Battle Creek City Police Department. Then he joined the Michigan State Police Bridgman post and worked there for 25 years.
After he retired from the Michigan State Police, he became the head of security for the Berrien County Courthouse.
He was married to Karen and had two daughters, Katie and Emily at the time of his death.
Ronald Kienzle of St. Joseph Township was 63-years-old when he died in the line of duty.
Kienzle was retired from the Benton Charter Township Police Department and had served in the Army.
In April 2015, Kienzle began working at the Berrien County Trial Court.
Kienzle loved riding his Harley and spending time with his family.
He was survived by his daughters Heather and Amy.
Kienzle was laid to rest one week before his 64th birthday.