MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Running from the cops isn’t usually encouraged, but Friday they made an exception.
This was a special 6k run through downtown Memphis for police officers, their families, and friends to support families of officers killed protecting the public.
Sarah Peete-Murphy is a surviving sister.
She said, “We help them rebuild their shattered lives.”
Peete-Murphy helps run Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS.
Fourteen years ago, she lost her brother, 45-year-old Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Rupert Peete, Jr.
He was shot and killed by a firefighter who was later deemed insane.
“You need time to grieve. And a lot of times when an officer is killed its so public that you don’t have private grieving time,” Peete-Murphy said.
She says he was a great athlete, and would have loved this fun-run.
She hopes it will help spread the word about support groups and scholarships available for those families whose loved ones died on duty.
Tracy Wright helps run Memphis Police Association.
She said, “We all know what is possible and what could happen one day. When we have things like this everybody comes together as a big united family.”
The Memphis Police Association planned this run as part of Police Memorial Month. It’s a way for officers to remember their fallen partners and show the families who survived they are not forgotten.
COPS handed out ribbons to remind everyone why they are running, and who they are helping.
Wright said the run is about, “Everybody together everybody for a united front. Showing support for these officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”
Here is a link for more information on COPS.