Late GRPD officer’s family donates to K-9 team

Office Andrew Rusticus's family presents a donation to GRPD's K-9 team. (Dec. 8, 2014)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The family of a Grand Rapids Police Department officer who died nearly three years ago of a heart attack has donated several thousand dollars to GRPD’s K-9 team.

Officer Andrew Rusticus was 29 years old when he had a heart attack on Feb. 25, 2012. While off-duty and training for an agility test to be a K-9 handler, he collapsed and died.

Monday, his family donated $5,000 to GRPD’s K-9 team. The money was raised at an Aug. 9, 2014 race held in Rusticus’s memory.

“We just love to have a day where not only are we remembering Andy, but everyone around us is remembering Andy and we can just honor the life that he led, and the legacy he’s left behind,” his brother Alex Rusticus said.

Proceeds from the race were also donated to Thin Blue Line of Michigan, and a scholarship honoring Rusticus at Trinity Christian College.

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