Vigil held for fallen Wayne State officer

- FOX 2's Josh Landon was live on Facebook at a vigil for fallen Wayne State police officer Collin Rose.

A fundraiser will be held for Rose's family from 4-10 p.m. Tuesday at Tony V's Tavern, 5756 Cass Ave., in Detroit. Cash or check donations will be taken at the door. Those who donate over $15 will receive free unlimited pizza and pop. There will also be a cash bar, silent auction and 50/50 drawing.

The video of Rose's vigil is below:


Those who knew officer Collin Rose and those who never had the chance to meet him all came together on one cold night Saturday to walk the streets to honor him.

The vigil started at Scripps Park at the corner of Grand River and Trumbull. Some shared some memories about Rose.

"The irony of this whole situation is that Collin was a real champion of the cause, which is we ride for those who died. Every funeral I've been to for police officer, Collin has been there. Every fundraiser I've been to Collin's been there," said Sgt. Frank Zdankiewicz of the Woodhaven Police Department.

Sylvester Miller, the father of a Patrick Hill, a police officer who was killed in the line of duty, said he met Rose at a dedication in Miller's son's name.

"The only day that I met Collin, he told me he was getting married. Talked to his father ... he told me that that's what Collin wanted to do all his life -- be an officer," Miller said.

Those who attended the vigil walked through the Woodbridge community to the spot where Rose suffered a gun shot wound the head Tuesday night before he passed away the following day.

It was a last-minute effort by residents in the community -- an effort that came together very well to honor a fallen officer.

"Our community is a strong-knit community. Many members have been here for 10 or 20 years, many are business owners. So when this happened, we knew we wanted to come together and do something and we wanted to do something significant," said Woodbridge resident Tamara French.

The overwhelming turnout was followed another touching moment on Saturday.

Rose signed up to be an organ donor, and doctors say his donation could help up to 75 people.

Fellow police officers honored Rose on Saturday as his body was transported from an organ and tissue donation facility in Ann Arbor to a funeral home in Clinton Township.

Officers and firefighters saluted Rose's procession as it made its way through Metro Detroit.

"I think it's outstanding. That's exactly what he would want. He came out here every day just to help," said Lt. Patrick Saunders of Wayne State University police.

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