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Motorcyclists take memorial ride for fallen officer

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Motorcyclists hit the road in memory of a fallen officer, Sgt. Collin Rose.

The Wayne State University police officer was killed in the line of duty in November of 2016.

“No matter rain or shine, if we have five bikes or 500 bikes, we will never miss this ride,” said Patrick Hammill, a friend of Rose.

Dozens of riders took part in the second annual Memorial Motorcycle Run.

The ride started at the Climax-Scotts American Legion post, continued to South Haven, and ended in Battle Creek.

“I’m glad these fellas came, I’ll tell ya that,” said Clifford Rose, the officer’s grandfather. “It’s really an honor, he was my middle grandson and he was quite a guy. He was really something.”

Rose graduated from Gull Lake High School in Richland.

Later, he worked in the village of Richland as a police officer, before he became an officer at Wayne State University.

Richland was the group’s first stop at a park, where a tree and Memorial Plaque are placed in his honor.

Riders then continued on with help from both the Richland and Galesburg Police Departments.

“There’s not a day that goes by that one of us doesn’t think of him,” Hammill said. “He was an upstand guy, he was one of the best police officers I ever known.”

Hammill said this ride is an emotional one, but they do it to keep his memory alive and to remind people who he was and what he stood for.

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