Cecil Queen, professor and director of the law enforcement academy at Ferris State University, said former student Collin Rose always worked to make Big Rapids a better place.
Rose, the 29-year-old Wayne State University officer shot and critically injured late Tuesday, Nov. 22, attended Ferris State where he graduated in May 2010. He died around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the hospital.
"He was an outstanding recruit while he was here and an upstanding young man," Queen said.
Queen said the academy is making adjustments to their training regiment as a result of recent officer shootings throughout the country, but ultimately, he said he hopes for a government response.
"It's not good for our law enforcement, and it's not good for our country," Queen said.
Queen said Rose was always active in developing his tactical skills, but sometimes it just not enough. Rose received the academy's leadership award before he graduated in 2010. He said he's confident Rose continued to be a leader at Wayne State.
Five former recruits, that the academy knows of, lost their lives in the line of duty. Now, Rose is fighting for his.
"It kind of takes your breath away, it's sad when you hear it," Queen said. "It's always sad when you know someone personally and you helped to provide their education and training related to their job -- and sometimes it just doesn't all work."