Hundreds show up for run to honor fallen police officer
RICHLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than 750 people lace up their running shoes on Tuesday to honor a fallen police officer.
Hundreds participated in the Rose Run in Richland to carry on the legacy of Sergeant Collin Rose, who was killed in the line of duty near Wayne State University in Detroit last November.
Newschannel 3's Franque Thompson reported with closer look at this special gathering.
Several officers said the Rose Run was exactly the reassurance they needed to continue their duties to protect and serve.
The officers said they felt the support and appreciation as tensions rise between communities and law enforcement across the country. The Richland Police Chief sounded the alarm to kick off the Rose Run.
More than 750 people participated in honor of Sgt. Collin Rose.
Dozens more cheered on the five and 10k event.
Quite a few first responders dressed in full uniform taking on the run including police and fire fighters.
They tell me they wanted to participate in full gear to show the community the
Sacrifices they make for others.
It's that sacrifice that cost Sgt. Rose his life after being shot in killed on the job near Wayne State University.
I had a chance to meet two Richland officers after they crossed the finish line.
They tell me it's becoming more difficult to be an officer these days because not everyone backs the blue.
But they say the support they were shown today at the rose run encourages them to continue.
Richland Police Department Evan Turanzas said, “Every cop will say you don't do it for the money. You do it for the community, you do it for your friends and family, and the people you protect. Watching people out here clapping for you I couldn't ask for a better day.”
Donations collected at the run today will help provide scholarships at gull lake high school for future first responders.