DPD widow talks about difference fallen WSU officer made in her family's life

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As the investigation into Sgt. Collin Rose's death continues, he's fondly remembered by a family he helped through a terribly painful period.
 
The widow of another fallen officer, Detroit Police Officer Patrick Hill , spoke about her friendship with the canine officer and how he made a difference. 
 
"It was the same emotion from the moment of the phone call that he has been injured, from the moment he didn't make it," remembers Deodge Hill. She was forced to relive the nightmare all over again.
 
It was April 2013 when her husband, Patrick, was killed in the line of duty. He was struck by friendly fire while trying to arrest a murder suspect.
 
And then last month, more tragedy struck. Wayne State officer Collin Rose, who had become very close to Hill and her four children over the last several months, lost his life, too.
 
"Heartbreaking," she says. "As soon as I heard of Officer Rose, it tore me apart. It was two days before Thanksgiving. I had to break the news kids. They were very torn."
 
The friendship with Rose was special to the Hill family, especially after he decided to name his canine after Patrick's code name: Wolverine.
 
Over time, their bond grew stronger. The children spent a lot of time with Rose and his canine. The family even attended a special dedication last October, a day she won't soon forget.
 
"We actually did the dedication on Patrick's date of death, which was Oct. 19," Hill says. "And Officer Rose did everything to make it perfect. He was my friend; my kids loved him. PJ absolutely adored him."
 
The names of three officers who recently died in the line of duty - Myron Jarrett, Ken Steil and Collin Rose - were read during halftime of the Detroit Pistons game Tuesday. The officers were honored during Law Enforcement Appreciation Week.
 
The Hill family attended a fundraiser at the Palace of Auburn Hills to support the families of fallen officers.
 
"To give our condolences and also show we appreciate our law enforcement officers," Hill said. "That's important to us."
 
Hill says this sort of violence against officers needs to end. She wants to pass along what she learned, as she attended several recent memorial services for Sgt. Rose, hoping others will live by these words.
 
"If you haven't decided to love them initially and you decide to judge them the love goes away," she said. "And that's when the violence starts. We have to love each other. We've got families that are hurt."

 

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