Norton Shores community mourns the death of Officer Jonathan Ginka
NORTON SHORES, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Norton Shores Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Officer Jonathan Ginka was killed after an overnight crash that occurred just down the street from the police station.
Michigan State Police, who are investigating the crash, say they still don’t know what caused Officer Ginka to leave the road and hit the tree.
Fellow officers and the community have been showing their support.
“Officer Jonathan Ginka was 34 years old and was a ten-year veteran of the Norton Shores Police Department,” said Norton Shores Police Chief Jon Gale.
Chief Gale says Officer Ginka loved his community. The husband, father or two, and former firefighter will be dearly missed. Officer Ginka was also a police academy graduate from KVCC.
“At this time the department, family, and community are grieving,” said Chief Gale, “and we will need some time to process this horrific loss.”
Around 2:30 Wednesday morning, near the end of his shift, Officer Ginka went off the roadway as he was headed southbound on Henry Street and hit a tree. The debris field from the crash stretched two houses down.
“Medical personnel at the scene and at the hospital worked to the best of their ability to save Officer Ginka, but he did not survive,” said Chief Gale.
Michigan State Police are investigating the crash. They will be analyzing the police cruiser’s black box to determine what happened leading up to the crash.
Chief Gale says even in death, Officer Ginka continues to serve.
“Jonathan loved serving this community,” said Chief Gale. “He continues to serve today by donating his organs to those who need them.”
Michigan State Police say they could have more information next week from accident reconstructionists as well as the medical examiner’s office.