On February 25, 2012, Grand Rapids Police Officer Andrew Rusticus was outside on a training run off-duty in preparation of an upcoming agility test for the position of canine officer with the police department. Tragically, Officer Rusticus suffered a fatal heart attack and died at the age of 29.
Andrew was a kind and giving person dedicated to public service. Members of the GRPD and his family helped organize the first annual K9K race (www.k9krace.com) to help support his dream of becoming a canine officer and to keep his memory alive. The race was held August 9, 2014 at Riverside Park. Those benefiting from the race included the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation, the Michigan Thin Blue Line, and a scholarship honoring Andrew Elliott Rusticus at Trinity Christian College.
On Monday, December 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm, Officer Rusticus’s father, Rolland, presented a check for $5,000 to Chief David Rahinsky and members of the GRPD Canine Team in support of the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation. There was a wonderful gathering at GRPD to help us honor the memory and charity of Officer Andrew Rusticus.
You can find links to the news coverage of the event on our Links page.
The GRPD Canine Foundation expresses great gratitude to the Rusticus family. Andy was a great Officer and an even better person. He remains sorely missed.