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Wayne State K9 Officer missed by many

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: March 1, 2017

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor with excerpts from media reports

Wayne State University (WSU) K9 Officer Collin Rose rode in the Police Unity Tour twice with his co-worker and friend WSU Investigator Chris Powell. The two were planning a third ride in the spring of 2017. It was going to be a big year for Rose, who had just accepted an offer on his home, planned to move into a bigger home and marry in the fall.

But all his dreams and plans were taken when a gunman killed him the day before Thanksgiving. Rose was shot in the head Nov. 22, 2016 after stopping a man on a bicycle suspected of criminal activity just blocks away from the university in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood. “He was called on a stop at 6:31 p.m. and when the (backup) officers arrived at 6:34 p.m., they found him,” said his former POLC co-worker Tory Tederington, now an Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Officer Rose, left, and Wayne State University Investigator Chris Powell rode together in the Police Unity Tour.

“It’s still a little surreal. I was at work and my younger brother, who is a paramedic in the City, called and said something’s happening at Wayne State and when Chris (Powell) picked up the phone I could hear the sirens going,” Tederington said. “He was running to get Collin’s fiancée to take her to the hospital.”

“They got him (to the hospital) as quick as they could,” Powell said of backup officers. “I went into auto pilot mode. I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to get to her.’ I knew the last thing he wanted was some local coming in knocking on the door. She was able to sign off on a few things and then we called his parents and got them a police escort from Lansing to the hospital. I stood up to a good number of people who wanted to hold a prayer vigil — I said ‘We aren’t doing anything until his parents get here.’”

Tederington, who worked with Collin from 2011–2015, rushed to the Hospital. “I stayed at the hospital until 2 a.m. They did emergency surgery to help control some of the swelling,” Tederington said. “I got the information around 5 p.m. that they expected him to pass. It ended up the bullet was far more fragmented than expected and bleeding was not controllable. He died at 5:45 p.m.”

“The tragic loss of Officer Collin Rose affects every member of the Police Officers Labor Council, the community, and, most of all, his family and fellow comrades at the Wayne State University Police Department,” said POLC Director Rob Figurski. “Officer Rose will remain in our thoughts and prayers. He will never be forgotten.”

The reward for information leading to an arrest has been increased several times. Originally at $5,000, the total reward increased to $105,000, according to media reports. Anyone with information about the crime, including recovery of the gun used, should contact Detroit Police Homicide, 1-800-ATF-GUNS, 1-800-SPEAK-UP or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 1-312-965-2323. All calls and tips to the ATF will be kept confidential.

Rose, 29, a graduate of Ferris State University, is the third WSU officer to be shot on duty. “We’ve had three officers shot in 50 years,” said Powell, President of the POLC local. “Collin is the first fatality. I promised Collin I would go to every trial date and every court date.”

The two prior shootings also occurred off campus. WSU officers are commissioned Detroit Police Officers and patrol about six square miles surrounding campus and are the primary response. “The overwhelming majority of our activity is in the surrounding area, trying to keep a bubble around the campus property. We wanted to keep the whole midtown area nice and safe,” Tederington said.

Rose, Tederington and Powell participated in the Police Unity Tour to raise awareness for officers killed in the line of duty. So it’s especially heartbreaking that Rose also was killed on duty, like Powell’s friend and police academy classmate Jim Bonneau, a Jackson Police Officer and POLC member who died March 9, 2010 from a gunshot wound during a struggle with a man wanted for domestic violence. “I’ve been doing this (supporting fallen officers) since Jim died,” Powell said. “Collin jumped right into it with me and we went to over a dozen funerals together. I was his first training officer and we just had an immediate friendship.”

Rose and Tederington joined Powell in May 2013 for their first Police Week in Washington D.C. “We saw all the Unity Tour folks and it sounded like a worthwhile cause and something we wanted to do,” Tederington said.

The three began fundraising for the 2014 tour, a 300-mile trek from New Jersey to Washington D.C. Powell and Tederington participated in the May 2014 event, but Rose had to drop out when he was asked to stand in a wedding during the same time period.

Rose did the bulk of the fundraising for the team that year and proudly rode in 2015 and 2016. “Collin and I just really started to hit the ground running for fundraising this year,” said Powell, who is fundraising for Collin’s 2017 spot and is seeking a memorial replacement to ride with him. “This would’ve been his third ride.”

Rose and his narcotics detection dog named Clyde, a Rottweiler he trained and certified, were frequently used during residential search warrants by Detroit Police and raids by the ATF. He also handled an Explosives Detection Vapor Wake K9 named Wolverine, a German Shorthaired Pointer. Both dogs were on patrol with him the night he was shot.

Wolverine was named in honor of late Detroit PD Officer Patrick Hill, a former University of Michigan football player. Hill died in 2013 from a shooting on Linwood near Leslie. “Hill was a Task Force Officer working with the ATF when he was shot,” Powell said. “Collin, with having a dope dog and bomb dog, was an unofficial ATF dog handler. He helped them out with every one of their raids.”

The ATF recently recognized Rose and Clyde with a plaque for their efforts which led to the federal prosecution of nearly two dozen violent offenders, Powell said. “All the ATF guys came to the dog naming ceremony for Wolverine,” Powell said. “I was so proud of his accomplishment. He loved working with dogs — it was a dream come true for him.”

Another dream come true was his engagement to Nicole Salgot. “Collin and Chris did the Unity Tour and their girlfriends drove down and met them in D.C. on May 12, 2016,” Tederington said. “Then Collin proposed at the Rose Medallion at the Memorial.”

“He was so looking forward to D day after being a bachelor so long. I’m getting married Labor Day weekend and they were supposed to get married in October,” Powell said.

Powell and Tederington were there for Salgot following Rose’s death. “Collin had this thing every year called Friendsgiving,” Tederington said. “He’d have friends over to the house and play games and have food. This year he already had all the food.”

“We had a good turnout for that and we were up with her until 1 in the morning,” Powell said.

Salgot and Rose volunteered with the Detroit Dog Rescue and, among the dogs in the house, were three Rescue dogs, two family dogs, two police dogs, and another he was training to potentially sell to an area police department. “He was blessed with a take home car so they were looking for a place with a good amount of land for the dogs and a pole barn,” Powell said.

Wayne State plans to retire Clyde to Nikki, Powell said. “We did a final sniff of Collin’s clothing with him. It was pretty tough to see. The dogs were locked in the car for six hours after the shooting and heard the shots. It was important for them to know he wasn’t coming home.”

In November, several memorials were held in Rose’s honor:
• The Detroit Lions and Detroit Red Wings each held a moment of silence before their home games.
• Woodbridge Homeowners Association held a silent candlelight vigil walk through the neighborhood at Scripps Park at Grand River and Trumbull in Detroit.
• A candlelight vigil at the Undergraduate Library on Wayne State University’s campus with a moment of silence at 6:31 p.m., the time Rose was shot.
• Powell and a dozen co-workers were among the 138 who participated in “Ride for Collin,” a 16-mile bike ride from Ingham County Sheriff’s Office.
• Detroit Dog Rescue sponsored a fundraiser at Tony V’s Tavern near campus for Salgot. Over $20,000 was raised to offset her living expenses while she attends veterinary technician school.

On Nov. 26, the hearse carrying Rose’s body traveled from Ann Arbor to Kaul Funeral Home in Clinton Township with a long procession of law enforcement vehicles from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties led by WSU Police. “The really impressive part was on the way from Ann Arbor, a lot of the overpasses were manned by firefighters and police saluting,” Tederington said. “That was the very humbling part of the whole day.”

A public viewing was held at Ford Field Nov. 30. Masses were Dec. 1 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores and Dec. 2 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Augusta. Rose was laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. Rose is survived by his fiancée, Nicole Salgot; parents Randy and Karen Rose; brother, Curtis; grandmother Margaret Rysz; grandfather Clifford Rose; several aunts, uncles and cousins; Salgot’s parents and siblings; and his dogs. He will be missed by many friends and his family in blue.

“So many people were at the hospital that we worked with,” said Powell, who was a pallbearer at Rose’s funeral. “It was just so cool to hear the stories.There were not enough hands on that coffin for everybody that mattered to him. There’s such a void.”

Rose was posthumously honored by being promoted to Sergeant in the K9 unit and his coworkers are honoring him as well. “I know I’m definitely going to be at Police Week (2017) when they read the roll call,” Tederington said. “I have been and I will continue to be doing work for Gift of Life. He would be damn proud, so that’s something that helps for me.”

“It’s not fair what happened,” however, Powell said, “There are plenty of memories I’ll never forget. That’s what I’m clinging to now. There is too much good that he brought into my life as a friend for me to be angry.”

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