GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dozens turned out to Celebration! Cinema North Monday for a screening of the movie “Patriots Day” as part of a yearslong push to raise money for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.
The memorial is scheduled to be installed at 4 p.m. May 11 in Richmond Park on Grand Rapids’ West Side. It will feature the name of Grand Rapids Police Department Officer Robert Kozminski, who was killed in the line of duty on July 8, 2007, while responding to a domestic dispute.
“I think he was truly a son of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids born and bred, here to serve the community and ultimately paid the ultimate sacrifice in service,” GRPD Chief David Rahinsky said of Kozminski.
Tickets to Monday’s screening cost $25, $20 which will go toward the memorial. As many watched the film — which is about police responding to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings — they felt it was indicative of the kind of man Kozsminski was: a hero.
“If you look up hero, Robert Kozminski’s in the book of heroes. No doubt about it,” Kozminski’s friend, Jack Potes, said.
One side of the memorial will have Kozminski’s name. The other side will list the 14 other GRPD officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Chief Rahinsky said it’s important that all of them are permanently memorialized.
“I think it’s important for the family members who remain that they know that their loved ones were never forgotten,” he said.
Donations may be made online.