GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Even in death, a Grand Rapids police officer is caring for the dogs he loved.
Monday afternoon, the father of Officer Andrew Rusticus will present a check to the Grand Rapids Police Canine Team, to cover the cost of purchasing and caring for retired police dogs. The money came from the inaugural K9K race created in honor of Rusticus, who died from a heart attack while on a training run to become a canine handler. Rusticus was just 29 years old when he collapsed Feb. 25, 2012.
The first K2K race took place Aug. 9, 2014 at Riverside Park. Proceeds from the event are going to the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation, the Thin Blue Line of Michigan and a scholarship at Trinity Christian College, in Rusticus’ name.