Officer Kozminski's name added to Grand Rapids Police Memorial
       An annual memorial to fallen police officers took on a special meaning in downtown Grand Rapids today. Police officers from across the state gathered in Rosa Parks Circle to honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty. A roll call of the 27 Michigan officers who died over the last century was read. The name of Grand Rapids off... Read Entire Article »
GRPD officers head to Washington DC to honor Bob Kozminski
       Several police officers in Grand Rapids will soon take part in a cross country bike ride that will end at the National Police Memorial in Washington DC. It's all in memory of Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski. Bright and early Thursday morning, about 10 Grand Rapids officers will hit the road and embark on the journey they will li... Read Entire Article »
Kozminski family speaks out; thanks community
       GRAND RAPIDS - 24 Hour News 8 sat down with Richard and Maria Kozminski, the parents of fallen Grand Rapids police officer Bob Kozminski. Until now, the Kozminski family has said very little in public about the killing of their youngest child, GRPD Officer Bob Kozminski. With no malice in their heart, they spoke of justice being served. "I do... Read Entire Article »
Police: Verdict right, Kozminski "still in our minds"
       GRAND RAPIDS -- Nearly eight months after the fact, the memory of a police call to Emerald Avenue NE and its tragic end linger. "Anytime something goes up on Emerald, the hairs on the back of your neck, for me, raise," Sgt. John Wittkowski said. He told 24 Hour News 8 some of the issues surrounding the shooting death of Officer Bob Kozminski ... Read Entire Article »
Kozminski dad: thanks to everyone
       GRAND RAPIDS -- The father of slain officer Bob Kozminski thanked the prosecutor, the police department and the community in a short statement after Jeffrey VanVels was found guilty of killing Kozminski eight months ago. "I'd like to say thank you to Mr. Bill Forsyth...for representing our son so well over this time," the elder Kozminski said. "... Read Entire Article »
Officer Kozminski's Family Thanks the Community
       July Eighth will always be a somber day for Grand Rapids Police and for the family of Officer Bob Kozminski. Since his death, there has been an outpouring of support for Officer Kozminski's family and SAturday, they wanted everyone to know they appreciate it. The Kozminski family still gets emotional when they talk about their son, but they w... Read Entire Article »
Softball game raises money for slain officer's family
       The police officers and firefighters battled it out Monday in the heat for the third annual Guns & Hoses softball game. The cheers, runs and catches boded well for the Holland Police Department, who won the softball fundraiser fr the third-straight year, 23-12. "We're praying for rain," said Holland Fire Chief Dan Henderson. Despite the jeer... Read Entire Article »
Kozminski honored in Dream Cruise
       GRAND RAPIDS - Fallen GRPD Officer Bob Kozminski will be remembered in this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. His name will be put on the side of a Jaguar driven in the cruise. The car will be on display at GRPD headquarters on Friday before being taken to Detroit for the event. The car is owned by a Troy car dealership that is affi... Read Entire Article »
Funeral for fallen GRPD officer
       GRAND RAPIDS - The funeral for police officer Bob Kozminski, killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning, has come to a close. Officer Joseph Trigg, Police Chief Harry Dolan and Mayor George Heartwell all spoke during the service. In his remarks, Chief Dolan remarked that if you wanted a family to represent the city of Grand Rapids, you w... Read Entire Article »
Police Chief Thanks the Community as Businesses Help
       Just one day after Grand Rapids Police Officer Bob Kozminski was laid to rest, the chief of police reacts to the outpouring of support from the community. Hundreds of people lined the streets of Grand Rapids Friday afternoon as the funeral procession made it's way from the church to the cemetery. More than 100 police departments from Michigan... Read Entire Article »
Final Farewell: Inside the Church Service
       Grand Rapids - His friends say Grand Rapids Police Officer Bob Kozminski loved to talk about his little girl Kailey how smart and talented she is. “We were like school children braggin' on our kids trying to one up each other .I'd say how Dawson was walking he's say Kailey was running, he (Kozminski) was so proud of her,” said Officer Joseph Tri... Read Entire Article »
Mourners lament loss, celebrate officer's life
       GRAND RAPIDS -- On his proudest day, Robert Kozminski took the oath as a Grand Rapids police officer. "On that day, he pledged before God and all of us that he would do even this, in the service of the community that he loved," the Rev. Dennis Morrow said Friday at Holy Cross Cemetery. "All of us are made nobler by his sacrifice." As fa... Read Entire Article »
Hundreds turn out to honor fallen officer
       GRAND RAPIDS -- As she held an American flag high, Jane Kenny became emotional as an endless stream of police cars rolled down Leonard Street with lights flashing. "This poor officer. He didn't even see it coming," Kenny lamented, holding back a tear, as she stood along the sidewalk near Covell Avenue. Kenny knows too well the dangers that ... Read Entire Article »
Seen and heard at officer's funeral
       Clerk spells out her appreciation Hours before slain Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski was laid to rest, Gin Clausen knelt in front of the Grand Rapids Police Department with a bucket of sidewalk chalk, oblivious to the pedestrians walking past. Tears streamed down her face as she wrote, "God Bless GRPD. Thank You." Clausen u... Read Entire Article »
Hundreds attend visitation for fallen officer
       GRAND RAPIDS - The funeral for Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski begins Friday morning at 11am. It will take place at St. Anthony's Church on Richmond Street. Thursday night his grieving family sat in front of hundreds who repeated the Rosary before his flag-draped casket. The mourners' words of sympathy to the family took longer tha... Read Entire Article »
Country Music Couple Donates $5,000 to Kozminski Fund
       Country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw donated $5,000 to the fund established to help support Kailey Kozminski, the 3-year old daughter of fallen Grand Rapids Police Office Robert Kozminski. Radio station B93 tells WZZM 13, managers for the county music stars handed over the donation to Grand Rapids Police, backstage after their show at V... Read Entire Article »
Final Farewell: Thousands say goodbye to fallen officer
        Grand Rapids - The services for Officer Bob Kozminski began at 11am Friday morning. The fallen officer's funeral at St. Anthony's Church in Grand Rapids was attended by hundreds of people--- including hundreds of officers from Michigan, the U.S. and even Scotland. Fifteen hundred officers attended the funeral along with hundreds of mourners... Read Entire Article »
Officer Kozminski laid to rest
       GRAND RAPIDS -- Thousands of mourners filed into St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Friday morning for Officer Bob Kozminski's funeral. Officer Kozminski was shot to death July 8 while responding to a domestic distrubance call. More than 100 police departments from the United States and one from Glasgow, Scotland were among the people who c... Read Entire Article »
Fallen officer's girlfriend speaks
       GRAND RAPIDS -- Monday 24 Hour News 8's Brad Edwards took a look at the life of 29-year-old Bob Kozminski, a police officer in Grand Rapids who was fatally shot on Sunday. Kozminski was the first GRPD officer killed in the line of duty in 21 years. The suspect is preparing for his first day in court. The call to the police was a domestic dist... Read Entire Article »
Family of officer thanks community for support
       GRAND RAPIDS -- Sitting amid a packed house at The Intersection Thursday night, five siblings of slain Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski looked over the crowd at the fundraiser concert for their young niece and said they were overwhelmed by the community support following this week's death of their brother. "It's just unbelievable. T... Read Entire Article »
Web offers global forum for mourners
       It's a 21st century funeral visitation, an electronic community of death mourned and life celebrated: "Rest easy brother ... your job is done. We'll take it from here. ... Oh Lord, as we remember, please let him forget," reads a note signed simply, "Badge 195 Winston-Salem Police, NC." Or from a Northumbria Police constable in England: "Suc... Read Entire Article »
GRPD Officer killed Sunday morning
       GRAND RAPIDS - Chief Harry Dolan says Officer Robert Kozminski died early Sunday morning during an ambush shooting on Emerald Avenue Northeast. "This single act of violence has touched us all," says Mayor George Heartwell. "It frightens and saddens us." Investigators say Officer Kozminski responded to a domestic violence call around 1:40 a.m... Read Entire Article »
Letter from 3 year old daughter among notes left for fallen officer
       Grand Rapids - A goodbye message from his three year old daughter rests among the dozens of flower arrangements and momentos left for officer Robert Kozminski. His nieces and brother-in law placed flowers writing goodbye to their Uncle Bobby. Close friends were comforted by officers who share in their grief. "When you do a job like poli... Read Entire Article »
Fallen officer's partner talks about the loss
       GRAND RAPIDS - The murder of Officer Bob Kozminski is affecting all of the men and women on the Grand Rapids Police Force, but especially his closest friend in the department. Officer Joseph Trigg and Officer Bob Kozminski worked the 3rd shift and patrolled the city's northeast side together. Trigg talked to WZZM 13 on Tuesday. He says he joine... Read Entire Article »
Fallen officer was role model to peers
       GRAND RAPIDS -- On many nights in the city's Northeast Side, a routine traffic stop provided inspiration for Grand Rapids Police Officer Joe Trigg to be a better cop and person. Moments after Trigg would pull over a driver, fellow Officer Robert Kozminski would swing by to check on his friend, knowing that each encounter could turn dangerous. ... Read Entire Article »
Mother of officer's daughter says he was a great father
       GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP -- As 3-year-old Kailey Ann Kozminski watched TV Sunday, a picture of her father came on. She went to the screen and laid her head where his chest would have been and said, "Oh, Daddy." For her mother, Heather Cosgrove, it was as familiar as it was soul-crushing. "She would do that all the time -- put her head on his che... Read Entire Article »
Officer remembers Kozminski as friend
       GRAND RAPIDS -- The tributes continue for Officer Bob Kozminski, with a growing memorial at Grand Rapids Police Headquarters. 24 Hour News 8's Marc Thompson spoke with an officer who described himself as one of Kozminski's best friends, and another family who lost an officer decades ago, about what they are going through. For nearly six year... Read Entire Article »
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