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Money raised through Collin Rose Memorial Run distributed to local police, fire officials

Money raised through Collin Rose Memorial Run distributed to local police, fire officials

RICHLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The memory of Richland Native Sgt. Collin Rose was honored once again today.

He was shot and killed in the line of duty near the Wayne State University campus last year.

Money raised through his memorial run on July 4th was presented to several local police departments.

Newschannel 3 was on-hand in Richland where the check presentations were held Wednesday afternoon.

The presentation was held in Richland’s town center, where a memorial stands to honor Collin.

Wednesday, his mom Karen said the money given away truly honors her son's own mission.

“He believed he was a better officer with the more education he had, the better he was at what he did,” she said.

One by the one, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Kalamazoo Township Police, Portage Police, and Richland Police accepted their checks.

Each department received $4,200.

The Gull Lake School District also accepted $6,000 for a scholarship in Collin's name.

More than 700 people participated in the July 4th Rose Run, which raised more than $20,000.

KDPS and Portage Police will use some of the money for K9 training and equipment.

Kalamazoo Township and Richland police will use the money for officer training.

Each department says they are grateful to accept these funds, and hope to honor Collin with them.

“It shows the tremendous community support and love for Collin and support for law enforcement in general,” said Senior Department Chief John Blue, with the Portage Department of Public Safety.

“Yes, this is a great, great honor to get that from such a great officer and a great family like Collin Rose’s family,” said Sergeant Jeff Deblecourt, with KDPS.

The Ross Township and Richland fire departments will each receive 500 dollars.

The Gull Lake scholarships will be given to students for first responder training.

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