MILTON – Residents of Northwest Florida come together to honor the fallen police officers in the line of duty with the End of Watch Memorial Ruck.
From September 26 to October 2, participants will travel 368 miles on an outdoor course through the Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds in a “24/7 Relay Style Event.” The End of Watch Memorial Ruck is currently in its fourth consecutive year.
According to End of Watch Foundation, 368 police officers died in the line of duty in 2020. Participating athletes will carry one pound weights with names inscribed for each fallen police officer. Including 2020, the event honored 799 deceased officers.
“The End of Watch Memorial Ruck is designed to reverently honor the dead and support those still under surveillance, while building a stronger community between law enforcement and civilians through education and raising awareness, âsaid Caleb Cook, founder of the event, in a Liberation press.
The cost of registration until August 31 is $ 75, with the price gradually increasing until the event.
“Every day, men and women of law enforcement across this country leave their homes and families to answer the call to serve on a greater mission,” Cook said.
Proceeds will go to the End of Watch Foundation, which strives to achieve three pillars: honoring fallen soldiers, supporting wounded officers in the line of duty and duty, and education.
âTragically, this call for service can require a heavy sacrifice,â Cook said. “This sacrifice is not only the dangers that accompany violent situations, but also the cumulative stress of the burden of the badge.”
The event welcomes sponsors and volunteers. For more information on the event and how to register, visit the End of Watch Foundation website.