In 2016, the community of Richland was dealt a devastating blow when Sergeant Collin Rose was killed in the line of duty Nov. 23.
The Wayne State University officer was 29 years old, and a native of Richland.
On July 4, 2017, the first annual Rose run was created to honor police officers killed in the line of duty. According to organizers the run was based off an event that started 10 years prior, but was later renamed in Rose's honor.
The fourth annual run held July 4, 2020, raised $10,000 to be distributed to local fire and police departments, and a scholarship fund at Gull Lake High School.
Those departments include:
- Richland Police Department
- Kalamazoo Sheriff
- Kalamazoo Township Police
- Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
- Richland Township Fire
- Ross Township Fire
- Gull Lake Public Schools Collin Rose scholarship
Checks were handed out at Richland Village Square near the Collin Rose memorial, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.
Members of the memorial foundation said the biggest reason they do the race is to support the police officers in their community.
Lieutenant Scott Jackson with Kalamazoo Township said the money will go toward budgeted items such as fitness equipment, and supplementing smaller programs and events.
Jackson said the goal is to remember Rose and all other officers that have died in the line of duty.
"Everybody who wears the uniform kind of understands what this job is about. It’s a difficult job, and trying to serve the community in all aspects of what we do. Until you actually do this, people may not understand the sacrifices that it takes for an officer to work and to provide the service to the community that’s necessary," he said.
Next year's race was scheduled for July 3, 2021. To find when to register head to the Rose run website.
Along with the memorial in Richland there is a memorial for Rose at the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial in Pontiac, Michigan.
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