Township to host inaugural run for fallen Wayne State officer

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published November 1, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Collin Rose meant a lot of things to a lot of people.

The former Wayne State University Police sergeant, 29, was shot while riding his bike Nov. 23, 2016. He later succumbed to his injuries, sending shockwaves around the state.

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, Rose’s old pals in uniform have formed the inaugural Officer Collin Rose 2K9 Memorial Run and 5K. It will begin Nov. 18 at the Clinton Township Civic Center. 

The run will consist of two different routes. One is a 2K for dogs and their owners, while the other is a 5K for runners and walkers. Participants in the 2K will start the race and follow a separate route than the 5K runners.

The event also provides individuals with the opportunity to visit nearby Resurrection Cemetery, where Rose is interred.

Chris Powell, a Wayne State University police investigator and the president of the Collin Rose Memorial Foundation, has worked at the university for about 9 1/2 years. He worked with Rose for about 5 1/2  years, helping him with his love for canines, taking the same graduate school program, doing field training and solo patrol together, and working the road together prior to Rose being moved to the detective bureau and starting narcotics enforcement — which involved getting his first dog.

“We’re trying to carry on work and support the goals that Collin cared about. … I think he’d approve of what we’re doing,” Powell said.

Powell just got married this past summer, adding that Rose would have been his best man. Rose was “too cool” to be his friend, Powell joked, but even after the two separated in their work lives, they still made time to meet for trivia every Sunday in St. Clair Shores.

“Collin had an infectious personality. He just attracted good people, you know?” he said. “Most people who knew Collin considered him a friend for life. He was just that kind of guy.”

Broc Setty, a Clinton Township patrol officer, worked with Rose for three years. He’s a member on the Collin Rose Memorial Foundation board. He considered Rose a good friend with an infectious smile that instantly brightened a room.

“That’s the first thing that comes to mind,” he said.

“He was a standout guy. He was one of the best officers we had down there (at Wayne State),” Setty added. “He always did his job full force and always had a smile doing it.”

He said that when Rose died, it hit him in a way he never experienced. It was different than a family member passing, he said, but in this particular line of work, the possibility is always there.

“It can easily happen to me or my wife or anyone else,” Setty said. “My wife used to work at Wayne State as well. … We just want to keep his memory and honor alive. Doing events like this will definitely help that.”

Rose did more than just police: He was a member of the department’s canine team; he participated in honor guard activities; he was a rider in the annual Police Unity Tour; and he actively volunteered at Detroit Dog Rescue.

He is survived by fiancée Nikki Salgot, parents Karen and Randy Rose, and brother Curtis.

Powell said the months ahead will be busy, with court proceedings taking place in regard to murder charges. He said it will offer some semblance of solace for those who knew Rose, while offering individuals the opportunity to grieve together and heal as best as they can.

Rose’s badge number was 128, so $28 will get run participants registered and will include a T-shirt and a finisher medal. The organizers hoped for maybe 100 people when they first derived the idea, but at press time, the participant number was already at 250 people and counting. The event starts at 7:30 a.m., with the runs beginning at 9 a.m. 

Money raised will go toward the memorial foundation, which has 501(c)(3) status, and will continue to support canines and the honor guard. Rose spearheaded a campaign to get dogs protective vests for when they’re in the line of duty — even working with such nonprofit organizations like Project Paws Alive, based in Georgia, and Vested Interest in K9s Inc., based in Massachusetts.

“It’s been tough with him gone, but we’re carrying on with what people want,” Powell said.

For more information or to register, visit www.collinrosememorial.org/2k9run/ or the Facebook page “Officer Collin Rose Memorial.”