PRESCOTT, AZ – Their radios may be silent, but the memories of Arizona officers killed in the line of duty will be honored during 5-0 5k Run/Walk at Embry Riddle on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The purpose of the event is to show public support for law enforcement while raising money for the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Arizona.
The event takes place on the one year end of watch (E.O.W.) anniversary of Navajo Division of Public Safety Officer Alex Yazzie. Participants will remember all Arizona fallen officers, including the nine Arizona officers killed from 2014-2015: Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs, end of watch (E.O.W.) March 3, 2014; Mesa Police Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, E.O.W. May 12, 2014; Salt River Police Officer Jair Cabrera, E.O.W. May 24, 2014; Border Patrol Agent Alexander Giannini, E.O.W. May 28, 2014; Navajo Division of Public Safety Officer Ernest Montoya, EOW: November 30, 2014; Chandler Police Officer Bryant Holmes, E.O.W. October 28, 2014; Chandler Police Officer David Payne, E.O.W. October 31, 2014; Flagstaff Police Officer Tyler Stewart, E.O.W. December 27, 2014 and Navajo Division of Public Safety Officer Alex Yazzie, E.O.W. March 19, 2015.
All proceeds from the run/walk benefit the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Arizona, a 501(c)3 that helps rebuild the lives of fallen officer’s families and co-workers.
When: Saturday March 19, 2016
Time: Registration starts at 9 a.m., race starts at 10 a.m., conclusion of 5k expected at approximately 2 p.m.
Where: Starts at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - 700 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott, AZ 86301.
Who: Law enforcement officials, government officials, law enforcement community supporters, families and co-workers of fallen officers.
To Register: http://www.active.com/prescott-az/running/distance-running-races/5-o-5k-2016 (Day of registration is available.)
Interviews can be coordinated before and during the event with the organizers and Arizona police survivors. Visuals include memorial team shirts and blue costumes, officers running in full uniform, law enforcement classes running together with chants, speeches from police survivors, public safety demonstrations, kid’s bouncy house and free food and services from local business partners. For more information about the 5-0 5k on the morning of March 19, 2016, please contact Stacey (Dillon) Krueger: 480-225-4809 or Stacey@psamedias.com.
About Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), Arizona: An affiliate of C.O.P.S., a national organization launched in 1984 now more than 15,000 families strong, C.O.P.S. AZ offers resources to aid families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty, as determined by Federal criteria. Additionally, C.O.P.S. offers training to law enforcement agencies pertinent to survivor victimization issues and educates the public about the importance of supporting those employed in law enforcement.