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Run to Remember

On Sunday, May 26th 2019, Student Officer Rix and Student Officer Burke, Jr. represented the 67th R.O.C Plymouth Police Academy and the Plymouth Police Department in the “Boston’s Run to Remember” 5 mile road race located in the Seaport area of Boston. It was the 15th annual race, and a great day for it.

The Run to Remember is in honor of all first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. As Plymouth recruits we wore shirts representing Plymouth’s K-9 Felix whose end of watch was March 22, 2019.

This was my first real road race, and it was one that had a personal meaning now that I am a Student Officer in the MPTC Plymouth Police Academy. Each participant in the race had their own reasons for running, but everyone there had the mutual respect for first responders. The atmosphere was something hard to put into words. We were lucky enough to take it all in.

The race route ran through the streets of Boston. During the run, we saw many officers participating in the “First Responder’s Challenge”. This challenge was officers running the race in full uniform carrying a flag. The run was challenging, but seeing these individuals run the race in all their gear was motivating. Something I hope one year I can participate in.

The route brought us past the Boston Common where we were able to see all of the flags placed for Memorial Day. Once we took the turn onto State Street, there were pictures and names of fallen first responders. These views really put this whole weekend into perspective and made me grateful for the opportunity I have to one day work as a first responder in law enforcement.

Once we finished the race we got to shake hands with the Police Commissioner of Boston Police, and received a finisher’s medal. It was a proud moment for myself and Student Officer Rix, both finishing our first 5 mile race, and doing it for a great cause.

Blog Respectfully Submitted by Student Officer James Burke, Jr.-Plymouth PD
Photo Submitted by Academy Director Eileen M.L Goodick

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