Halton Police Running, Riding in Honour of Fallen Officers
Eighteen Halton police officers are hitting the pavement to honour peers who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty.
“Our officers have made a personal commitment to train and participate in this event,” said Sgt. Mark Dienstmann from the tactical rescue unit — he’s also the run coordinator for Halton.
Each kilometre “they run signifies their dedication to not only those who have fallen, but also to their families who are left behind.”
The Run to Remember kicked off at Queen’s Park on Thursday morning.
It’s a 460 km relay run from the Ontario Police Memorial in downtown Toronto to the National Police Memorial in downtown Ottawa.
Six to eight police officers are killed annually, according to thememorial.ca
The event leads up to the Canadian Peace and Police Officers' Memorial Service, held each year on the last Sunday in September on Parliament Hill.
Roughly 275 officers from 22 different police services are participating in this year’s run.
The annual trek is made by police officers from across Canada to raise awareness and money for the families of officers.
The event has grown substantially since it began in 2005 with just 24 participants.
The Ride to Remember is also taking place, with officers using pedal power.
Photo courtesy of Halton Police