‘Run to Remember’ raises millions for families of CPD officers killed, injured in line of duty

‘Run to Remember’ raises millions for families of CPD officers killed, injured in line of duty

CHICAGO (TOC) — For 18 years and counting, the “Run to Keep in mind” has honored Chicago law enforcement officials and the sacrifice they make within the line of responsibility.

1000’s of individuals crammed into Chicago’s Museum Campus Saturday for a practice that raises tens of millions of {dollars} yearly for households of fallen officers, supporting them with hospital bills and dwelling bills amongst different issues.

“We’re right here to have a good time the lives and legacies and honor the service and sacrifice and catastrophically injured officers,” stated CPD Superintendent David Brown.

Eureka Zambori has participated within the occasion for 12 years.

“Crucial and touching factor for me is while you come, in all probability the final quarter mile, they’ve all the images of the officers sliding the trail,” Zambori stated.

Police Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. was a particular visitor opening this yr’s run. He fought for his life after being shot within the line of responsibility final August. His associate, Officer Ella French, was killed in the identical taking pictures.

“I glided by the Ella French signal there. I touched it and I began crying and it is a unhappy scenario,” stated Jerome Ezell.

However the presence of her associate there marked a particular second for the division.

“They did not suppose he was gonna make it when he bought shot final yr and the truth that he was capable of come out right here and be our starter is great,” stated CPD Memorial Basis Government Director Philip Cline.

Since 2006, the memorial basis has raised greater than $16 million for households of fallen and critically injured officers. That cash even helps ship younger ones to highschool. The division introduced Saturday that 22 extra youngsters could have their tuition paid for from pre-school to graduate college.

“That is what this fundraiser is for,” Cline stated. “To assist these households, and our motto is we ‘always remember.'”

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