It’s been less than a week since Wayne State University Police Officer, Collin Rose died in the line of duty, after he was shot and killed while patrolling campus.
But today in Mason, police officers from several agencies came together to honor and remember the fallen officer in a bicycle ride.
A ride, officer Rose once took part in.
“We ride for those who died.”
A motto officers from around the country use before strapping on their helmets and hitting the pavement.
“It’s an amazing show of support that somebody, at the last minute, somebody from the Sheriffs Office had the idea to have this unity tour ride in memory of our fallen brother,” said Lt. Scott Wrigglesworth, of the East Lansing Police Department.
Wayne State University Officer, Colin Rose, died in the line of duty last week.
Although a tragic loss, it brought more than 100 people together today to honor him.
“We respect, honor, and remember those fallen in the line of duty and colin gave the ultimate sacrifice, said Deputy Bob Mcelmurray, of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office.
They say there’s a special bond between those who wear the badge.
That showed today as men and women from more than 8 different police department’s across Michigan showed up, to show their support.
“When we put that out there, that we ride for people, the police officers that died, people just come out and want to help, and it’s been awesome, said Mcelmurray.
According to Wrigglesworth, “It’s a pretty special moment, not only for us, but to show the unity across not only our state but the nation.”
And it goes beyond the badge.
Among the people participating, was one Senior Officer, Ray Clemons, from Virginia who is in town visiting his family.
Officer Clemons says, when he heard about the tour, he didn’t want to miss an opportunity to support a fallen brother.
“When things go bad, it’s my brother who’s going to be coming to take my back. So when one of us is killed in the line of duty, we have to do the right thing, we have to honor them, we have to honor their family, we have to honor their department, and we have to honor their friends,” says Clemons.
A ride for 15 miles, to remember a life that is lost, but never forgotten.