GRAND RAPIDS—A 29-year-old Grand Rapids police officer died Saturday night after suffering a heart attack while jogging.
Officer Andrew Rusticus suffered a heart attack while jogging near his residence in Dorr while training for an upcoming physical agility test for an open canine handler position with the Grand Rapids Police Department. Rusticus was transported to Metro Health Hospital where despite attempts to revive him he was pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m. Saturday.
Rusticus is survived by his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Baylee Noel, 3 years, and Libby Grace, 3 months.
Rusticus was sworn in as a Grand Rapids police officer on April 13, 2009. He was assigned to the East Neighborhood Service Area. On Dec. 31, 2009, Rusticus was one of 20 officers laid off due to the city's budgetary crisis, but he was recalled on June 6, 2010.
Rusticus also served as a use-of-force Instructor.
He earned two Letters of Recognition for professional responses to criminal incidents with the Grand Rapids Police Department.
Rusticus was a 2005 graduate of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill., where he made the Dean's List throughout his studies, earning a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology.
In October 2005, Rusticus joined the village of Woodridge Police Department in Illinois, where he worked until joining the GRPD in April 2009. During his career with the Woodridge Police Department, Rusticus was recognized with the following awards:
* Award for Valor for the arrest of a subject who shot at officers.
* Lifesaving Award for performing CPR on an infant.
*Two Commendation Awards for professional responses to criminal incidents.
Funeral arrangements are pending.