Participants ‘Run to Remember’ the dead in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – The Run to Remember event has returned to Junction City Sopping Center after being inactive for two years due to COVID-19.

Members of law enforcement from across central Illinois, their families and friends came out to run or walk in honor of the fallen officers.

“A lot of people here know an officer who was killed in the line of duty or know someone who has a family member in the line of duty, so it’s a way of honoring them,” said Peoria County captain Chris Watkins. Sheriff’s Department.

Maggie Butterfield takes over as racing director of the Mulay family who lost loved ones in the line of duty in 2005.

As a wife and sister to law enforcement, this cause is close to her heart and she is honored to carry on the tradition.

“We have it in our blood, law enforcement, so there’s no better way to give back than to the survivors of fallen officers,” Butterfield said.

She said it was important for the community to come together for this cause to show their love and encouragement to the surviving family members.

“Any time you lose a loved one it’s not good, but especially if you lose them in the line of duty as they serve and protect our communities, you want to come out and support those families,” said Butterfield said.

Supporters also noted the timing of this event after Knox County Deputy Nicholas Weist was killed in the line of duty in Henry County on Friday morning.

One supporter said that although he was just running for the cause, the experience gave him a new perspective, having seen those with personal connections.

“Yes, I’m going through this pain of running 18 minutes for a 5K right now, but at the same time someone lost a family member, so he’s going to be grieving and in a lot more pain than me for 18 minutes, way more than 18 minutes,” said Nicholas Neace.

All proceeds will go to the Illinois of Concerns of Police Survivors, which benefits the families of deceased police officers.

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