Run to Remember: Never forget

"Never forget."

Chicago Police officers never forget the 574 brothers and sisters whose lives were taken for something called duty. They never forget the officers who were catastrophically injured for something called duty.

Never forget means always remember. Never and always are eternal.

"The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty."

"Established in 2004, the Foundation strengthens the relationship between the Chicago Police, its business and civic leaders and its citizenry. It allows us to express our gratitude to the fallen orun to Rememberfficers’ families for the ultimate sacrifice of their loved one."

"Finally, as a tribute to the heroic lives that these officers led, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has built a permanent memorial to these brave men and women. It is a spectacular site located just east of Soldier Field on Chicago’s lakefront." (Chicago Police Memorial Foundation)

On Saturday, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation held its 12th Annual Run to Remember. Over 5000 participants, many in teams, were listed to run. The entry fees generated over 182 hundred thousand dollars. Runners from suburban, state and federal law enforcement agencies participated.

Melissa Stockwell, the first female soldier to lose a limb during the Iraq War, crosses the finish line.

Melissa Stockwell, the first female soldier to lose a limb during the Iraq War, crosses the finish line.

There were runners from out of state, including the New York City Police Department Running Club.

One participant was Melissa Stockwell. Ms. Stockwell was the first female soldier to lose a limb during the Iraq War.

Her injury was due to a road side bomb. She became an award winning paratriathlete and former Paralympic swimmer.

Former Superintendent of Police, Phil Cline, is the Executive Director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. He was instrumental in its formation. The foundation, with the cooperation of the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, sponsors, and donors large and small, first created the Gold Star Families Park and Memorial, the county's premier police memorial, east of Soldier Field.

The Foundation, went on to become a benefactor to families of police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and those who suffered catastrophic injuries performing their duties.

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