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Funeral arrangements set for Norton Shores Officer who died in crash

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: May 12, 2017

Excerpted from www.systemfa and media reports

Funeral arrangements have been made for Norton Shores Police Officer Jonathan Ginka, a POLC member who died following a car crash while on duty May 10. The cause of the single-car accident remains under investigation.

Ginka’s funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 16 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1110 Dykstra Road in Muskegon where he received his first communion and was confirmed. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 15 at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St. in Norton Shores.

Ginka’s cruiser crashed into a tree on Henry Street just south of Ross Road, according to police. A neighbor reported the accident just after 2:30 a.m. May 10, according to a news release issued by the Norton Shores Police Department. Firefighters were called to free Ginka from vehicle, police said.

“Personnel arrived on the scene and began treating the officer who was severely injured,” the release states. “The officer was transported to Hackley Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”

Michigan State Police Lt. Chris McIntire said Ginka was traveling south on Henry Street when his cruiser veered off the road south of Ross Road and hit a tree, as reported by Woodtv.com. McIntire said police are waiting on reports from crash reconstruction and black box recordings from Ginka’s vehicle to determine the cause of the crash.

Ginka, 34, was a 10-year veteran of Norton Shores Police Department. Norton Shores Command and Patrol are represented by POLC Labor Representatives John Stidham and Jason Owen.

“The Police Officers Labor Council wishes to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Ginka and to the Norton Shores Police Department,” said POLC Director Rob Figurski. “The tragic loss of Officer Jonathan Ginka affects every member of the POLC and he will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Officer Ginka will never be forgotten.”

Figurski said POLC members will be updated as further details become available about the crash.

“We lost a brother in blue,” Norton Shores Police Chief Jon Gale said in a brief news conference. “He was a highly decorated veteran and will truly be missed. Jonathan loved serving this community. He continues to serve today by donating his organs to those who need them.”

Ginka graduated from North Muskegon High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. He was a former North Muskegon Firefighter, according to the fire department’s Facebook page. He graduated Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Police Academy, according to a Facebook post by instructor Robert Todd Chistensen.

Officer Ginka is survived by his wife, Tricia Michalski and his daughters Allison and Keira; his parents Steven “Will” and Marcia (Meloche) Ginka; his brother, Patrick (Amber) Ginka; special niece, Zari and special twin nephews, Jack and Will; grandparents, Raymond and Liz Meloche, Baba Ginka; in-laws, Mike and Barbara Michalski; chocha and godmother, Mary Ginka; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and his family in blue.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in Officer Jonathan Ginka’s name be directed to the Norton Shores Crime Prevention Fund or the Wounded Warriors Project. Arrangements are being handled by Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services. Officer Ginka will be laid to rest at Laketon Township Cemetery.

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