Dozens participate in Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Run/Walk

REMEMBERING: Landry Shorkey, philanthropy chair of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, reads biographies of officers killed in the line of duty during Sunday's Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Run/Walk. (Pioneer photos/Emily Grove)

REMEMBERING: Landry Shorkey, philanthropy chair of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, reads biographies of officers killed in the line of duty during Sunday’s Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Run/Walk. (Pioneer photos/Emily Grove)

BIG RAPIDS  — Nearly 100 runners and walkers braved bitterly cold rain and wind to honor fallen police officers Sunday in Big Rapids.

Despite the weather, the Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Run/Walk took place at Northend Riverside Park. This was the fifth year for the event, which is hosted by Lambda Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Ferris State University.

The event started to honor Jessica Nagle-Wilson, a police officer from Hazel Park who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2002. The event also recognizes other police officers who graduated from Ferris State University and lost their lives on the job.

“Even with this weather there was still so many people who came out today which I think is really meaningful,” said Landry Shorkey, philanthropy chair of Lambda Alpha Epsilon. “This shows the community support we have for these fallen officers.”

The money raised from the event is donated to the Jessica Nagle Scholarship, which is awarded to a Ferris State criminal justice student every year.

ON THE MOVE: Runners take off from the starting line on Sunday at Northend Riverside Park for the Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Run/Walk.

ON THE MOVE: Runners take off from the starting line on Sunday at Northend Riverside Park for the Fallen Officer Memorial 5k Run/Walk.

The event started with a short memorial service, as Shorkey read short biographies about the officers being honored for their service and giving the ultimate sacrifice.

“Reading the bios we heard about those who survived these officers, including some of them leaving children behind,” Shorkey said. “It means a lot to these family members to remember their loved ones and the sacrifices they made for our communities.”

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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