Modesto Memorial Run

Modesto Memorial Run

Modesto Memorial Run

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto Auto Accident Injury Attorney. On Sunday September 25, 2016, the Peace Officer Memorial Run which was presented by Doctor’s Medical Center took place. This race was created to honor law enforcement officers from Stanislaus County who were killed in the line of duty.

Race Honors 15 Fallen Heros

The race was held in honor of 15 fallen heroes. A segment of the route was dedicated individually to each fallen officer. A photo of the officer, their department or agency and their “End of watch” date was displayed at their designated mile portion along the route.

Stanislaus County officers killed in the line of duty

  • Officer Lavon B. New of the Turlock Police Department – End of Watch: August 14, 1935.
  • Officer Earle M. Ames of the California Highway Patrol –  End of Watch: December 10, 1936.
  • Officer Joe E. Kerley of the Turlock Police Department –  End of Watch: November 1, 1949.
  • Officer Glenn E. Winans of the Turlock Police Department – End of Watch: November 1, 1949.
  • Officer George G. Bredenberg, Jr.  of the Turlock Police Department – End of Watch: November 4, 1949.
  • Officer Harold B. Harless of the Riverbank Police Department – End of Watch: October 17, 1965.
  • Deputy Harold L. Thornton of the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Office – End of Watch: August 23, 1967.
  • Deputy Bill J. Dickens of the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Office – End of Watch: January 27, 1970.
  • Officer William R. Court of the California Highway Patrol – End of Watch: February 13, 1970.
  • Officer Raymond C. Willert of the Turlock Police Department – End of Watch: February 9, 1973.
  • Officer Leo R. Volk of the Modesto Police Department – End of Watch: May 21, 1973.
  • Sergeant Howard K. Stevenson of the Ceres Police Department – End of Watch: January 9, 2005.
  • Officer Earl H. Scott of the California Highway Patrol – End of Watch: February 17, 2006.
  • Sergeant Steven E. May of the Modesto Police Department – End of Watch: July 23, 2009.
  • Deputy Robert Paris of the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Office – End of Watch: April 12, 2012.

Lots of Local Agency Participation

Many local officers participated in the event. They could be seen running, jogging or walking in honor of their fallen brothers and sisters in blue. Some officers even went so far as to run in full gear. A sergeant from the Turlock Police Department ran the half marathon (13.1miles) in full uniform. On average an officer’s gear weighs approximately 26 pounds.

Standard gear worn by officers while on duty:

  • Bullet proof vest
  • Boots
  • Duty Belt, hand cuffs, keys, radio etc.
  • Weapon(s)

Modesto Memorial Run Was Prepared for its Participants

Hydration stations were set up along the course. Water and sport drinks were available to the estimated 1,400 participants. Portable toilets and medical personnel were also provided at the hydration station sites.The course was a very energizing track. It was a beautiful day for a race. Entertainment groups, school bands, and local talent were in attendance to make the day one to remember.

Our condolences and many thanks to the officers that paid the ultimate price for our safety and security.

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Source of Modesto Memorial Run – http://peaceofficermemorialrun.com/race/

Image Attribution: By LEO67 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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