DETROIT (WOOD) — Fellow police officers and the public filled Ford Field Wednesday to pay their respects to a fallen Wayne State University officer with West Michigan ties.
Those who honored Sgt. Collin Rose came from all over.
“Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; New York City; Oakland, California; New Jersey,” said Shawn Hopkins, an officer from Clay Township in St. Clair County.
Rose was was posthumously promoted to sergeant during a candlelight vigil at Wayne State University Tuesday night.
Rose graduated from Gull Lake High School in 2006. The 29-year-old took his first job in law enforcement as an officer in the Kalamazoo County village of Richland.
“It’s not just a co-worker, it’s not just a fellow K-9 handler. He was a fraternity brother. He was my best friend,” said fellow Wayne State University K-9 Officer Patrick Hammil.
Hammil grew up in Grand Rapids, but the friendship between him and Rose and Hammil began years ago.
“It’s going to be a while before this doesn’t hurt,” said Hammil.
“He was 29 years old, engaged to be married. It’s just not right. He didn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this,” he said.
Authorities say Rose was shot in the head on Nov. 22 while trying to arrest DeAngelo Davis, who now faces murder and gun charges. Rose died nearly 24 hours later at a hospital.
Hammil wasn’t alone at his friend’s visitation. His K-9 partner, Ores, was one of 1,200 law enforcement dogs in attendance.
Rose was known as a K-9 trainer who could get the best out of dogs others might have given up on. He was the same with humans.
“He had a dorky little smirk on him all the time,” added Hammill. “I can remember were I had bad days, I come in to work to train with him and I leave smiling because it’s just the way he is.”
Rose’s death has been tough on the Wayne State force and everyone else who continues to put a badge on every day, despite all the recent losses.
“Collin and the other officers, they gave true ultimate sacrifice. The respect they deserve is to go out and do our job.” says Hamill.
Rose’s visitation will continue through 5 p.m. Wednesday at Ford Field A second visitation and funeral Mass will take place Thursday morning at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.
In West Michigan, St. Ann Catholic Church in Augusta will hold a memorial Mass for Rose Friday at 11 a.m. The service will be open to police, public safety officers and the public. The church is located at 12648 E. D. Ave.