Legacy lives on: Norton Shores officer killed in crash an organ donor

Cause of Ginka's crash unknown

NORTON SHORES, MICH. - The Norton Shores Police Department is in mourning after a 10-year veteran was killed in an early morning crash.

Officer Jon Ginka, 34, was heading south on Henry Street near Ross Road when his car left the road and hit a tree, Michigan State Police Lt. Chris McIntire said. The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 10.

When emergency crews arrived on scene, Ginka was severely injured and taken to Hackey Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Ginka leaves behind a wife and two children.

"Jonathan loved serving this community," Norton Shores Police Chief Jon Gail said. "He continues to serve today by donating his organs to those who need them.

"He was a highly decorated veteran and will truly be missed."

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Exact details as to what lead up to the crash are not yet known, and it could take several more days to make a final determination, McIntire said.

The Norton Shores Police Department is closed today for Ginka's death and will again be closed during the funeral. Surrounding agencies will assist Norton Shores with any emergency calls.

Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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Kayla Fortney is a digital producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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