Jet Blue, Black Tie Limousine Help Haverhill Police Attend Shinners Funeral

Supporting Michael and Thomas Shinners (far left) were Officer Justin Graham, Detective Sean Harrison, Detective Dana Burrill Jr., Officer Guy Cooper, Sergeant Joseph Ingham, Detective William O'Connell, Officer Daniel Trocki, Officer James Keenan, Detective Sergeant Nicholas Brown, Detective Taylor Anderson, Officer Jason Pearl and Andover Officer Nicole Trelegan. (Courtesy photograph)

Supporting Michael and Thomas Shinners (far left) were Officer Justin Graham, Detective Sean Harrison, Detective Dana Burrill Jr., Officer Guy Cooper, Sergeant Joseph Ingham, Detective William O'Connell, Officer Daniel Trocki, Officer James Keenan, Detective Sergeant Nicholas Brown, Detective Taylor Anderson, Officer Jason Pearl and Andover Officer Nicole Trelegan. (Courtesy photograph)

Nearly a dozen members of the Haverhill Police Department were able to support their coworker Detective Michael Shinners over the weekend at the funeral of his brother thanks to the generosity of companies like Jet Blue.

The airline provided service to and from Utah for 11 Haverhill officers and a police colleague from Andover so they could pay respects to Officer Joseph Shinners Saturday in Orem, Utah. Ward Hill’s Black Tie Limousine offered transportation and the national nonprofit Brotherhood For the Fallen assisted with lodging and other logistics during their stay in Utah.

“The unwavering support that has been shown for Joe and our family will never be forgotten,” Haverhill Detective Michael Shinners said in his brother’s eulogy. “Joe loved spending time with family, playing soccer, and catching the bad guys. Everything he did he excelled at.”

As WHAV previously reported, Joseph Shinners—a three-year veteran of the Provo, Utah police department—was gunned down Jan. 5 while trying to arrest a fugitive. The 29-year-old leaves behind a wife and young son.

Posthumously promoted to the rank of master officer, the late Shinners came from a long line of first responders. His father John Shinners is a retired Everett fire captain, while his brother Thomas served on Haverhill’s police force from 2015-2018.