GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Friday marks a somber day for friends and family of Grand Rapids police officer Bobby Kozminksi.
A man shot and killed him nine years ago when Kozminski was responding to a domestic dispute call.
Friends, family and fellow officers are not letting his memory die. At the Grand Rapids Police Department headquarters on Friday a wreath, flowers and a picture of Kozminski were set up in his honor.
Sgt. Cathy Williams says the man she knew had a strong presence in the community.
“We feel for the family, we reach out to them we love them. We think of them daily as we pass the memorial wall. We really want to concentrate today to be a celebration of life, remembering his laugh, his smile, his zest for life,” said Williams.
Close friends to the Kozminski family, the Branns have a photo on the wall of their Leonard Street Restaurant. The owner, Johnny Brann, wears these special bracelets in his honor.
There are plans in the works to install a memorial for Kozminski and other fallen officers in Richmond Park.
The goal is to raise $30,000 for the memorial itself, and another 35,000 for the Robert Kozminski Memorial Scholarship.