Howls and whimpers filled the air as a procession of police dogs and their handlers from across the country packed the streets of Detroit outside a memorial service for Wayne State Police Officer Collin Rose on Wednesday.
The atmosphere outside Ford Field was otherwise somber and quiet, video from the Detroit Free Press shows, as a line of officers stepped up to pay their respects to Rose, who was fatally shot in the line of duty last week.
More than 2,500 people and 100 dogs attended the memorial, a police spokesman said.
Standing in the center was one of Rose’s two canines, a German shorthaired pointer named Wolverine, who joined the 29-year-old officer this past summer. Rose’s Rottweiler, Clyde, who had served alongside him since 2013, was described as too distraught to attend the service.
He “had a really hard time. You could really see Clyde grieve. It was awful,” Chris Powell, a Wayne State University police investigator and friend of Rose’s, told the Detroit Free Press.
Clyde, he told the paper, was “not really in a position to attend without breaking [down].”
Both of Rose’s canines were reportedly in his patrol vehicle on Nov. 22 when the five-year police veteran was fatally shot. He had been investigating possible thefts near the school’s Detroit campus.
Powell told the Free Press that Clyde may have been able to see the shooting from where he was in the vehicle. The dog was so angry that he tore up several items, Powell added.
To help the dogs accept Rose’s death, Powell said they were given a T-shirt Rose was wearing and a leash he was holding when he died. The items picked up up Rose’s scent.
Wolverine is expected to resume active duty while Clyde will be retired and given to Rose’s fiancee, Nicole Salgot, with whom the dog is staying, Powell said.
Rose received a citation for valor during his service and was posthumously promoted to sergeant, Click On Detroit reported.
The university’s police department is accepting gifts in Rose’s memory and the school has established an endowed scholarship in his name. A GoFundMe page is also raising money for his funeral and memorial services.
Rose’s funeral is scheduled to take place Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.
DeAngelo Davis, who was arrested shortly after Rose’s shooting death, faces murder and gun charges in the incident.