Coon Rapids Police are mourning the loss of one of their own this week after the sudden death of a 30-year member of the department. Officer Greg Koss, 53, passed away of natural causes at his home on Monday morning. This week, Coon Rapids flags flew at half staff in honor of his contributions to the city. The law enforcement community and many loved ones gathered in Andover Friday morning for Koss’s funeral.
"I can’t think of anybody who was loved by more," said Coon Rapids Patrol Captain Bill Steiner.
Greg Koss was tall in stature and big in heart. A patrol officer until his last day, Koss trained many of his colleagues on the Coon Rapids police force who now grieve his unexpected death. His sudden passing on Monday was met with shock as Coon Rapids police and fire - and the wider law enforcement community - formed a procession to the funeral home for their colleague and friend, who leaves a large imprint on the department.
"Everybody looked up to him and respected him," said Steiner.
"He was a charitable, caring person. And the best thing I can say is that he set that example for others to follow."
Koss began as a Coon Rapids Community Service Officer in 1988 and became a licensed police officer in 1991. While he had many specialty assignments throughout his career, his heart was with his shift work as a patrol officer. Greg Koss is survived by his children, his longtime girlfriend and many other loved ones. He grew up in the north metro and was a graduate of Blaine High School.