Wayne State Officer Shot Tied to Northern Michigan, Worked at Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry

A Wayne State Officer, Collin Rose, has now died after being shot in the head Tuesday.

He stopped a suspect riding a bicycle in Detroit right before he was shot.

Police made an arrest in the shooting.

Wednesday we learned Officer Rose has ties to Northern Michigan, graduating from Ferris State University and spending one summer on the Straits of Mackinac.

Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Noah Jurik talked to people who knew Rose during his time working with a Mackinac Island ferry company.

About 10 years the Wayne State Officer who was shot, Collin Rose, spent time in the Straits of Mackinac working with Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry.

People who worked with him say he was one of the hardest workers they knew.

"Stunned because you work with so many people over the years that some are more memorable than others and Collin was definitely one of the memorable ones," Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry group sales coordinator and director of cruises Cindy Gezon said.

Collin Rose did it all, from the decks to the docks, wearing a tie on the cruise ship or hauling freight to the island. 

"He was hired in our Mackinaw City facility as a dock and deck hand as most college kids do at that age," Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry president Chris Shepler said. "Very soon we saw that he was willing to do anything, work any amount of hours at any time." 

"His work attitude and willingness of, ‘what else? What else?’ and I’m like, ‘you’re tired. You have to do freight in the morning.’ ‘Nope, what else do you need,’" Gezon said. 

Shepler’s employees say they’re not surprised Rose went on to a career in law enforcement.

"Stereotypical of a police officer who would do anything for anyone at any time of the day," Shepler said. "This obviously has hit me hard, even though it’s been 10 years."

Now, they’re all just hoping to see see rose recover — and beat his injuries.

"Just stunning news, Gezon said. "It sounds like it was such a serious injury and, hopefully, he can pull through and keep up that good attitude and that spirt that he had of hard work and determination that can be applied towards a recovery."

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