McDonough, GA (PRWEB) July 27, 2012
Beverly Miller, a dispatcher for Athens-Clarke County, will run in the Police Benevolent Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Race for the Fallen Half Marathon” on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at Red Top Mountain State Park in honor of Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian.
Beverly Miller, a dispatcher for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in Georgia for four and a half years, will never forget the news she received on March 22, 2011. Beverly was attending the funeral of her grandmother in New Jersey when she received word that Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department was shot and killed while responding to an incident where another officer had been shot and wounded at an apartment complex in Athens. The suspect shot and killed Officer Christian through the window of his patrol vehicle.
Beverly remembers that day as extremely difficult and the weeks to come were even more difficult. Beverly first met Officer Buddy Christian at a gas station where he introduced himself to her because he recognized her uniform and wanted to put a name with a face. She recognized his badge number.
“He was just that kind of guy,” said Beverly.
It has been over a year, but Officer Buddy Christian left a lasting impression on Beverly. It was while Beverly was researching half marathons to run in Georgia that she discovered the Police Benevolent Foundation’s “Race for the Fallen.”
“I’ve done half marathons before, but I’ve really been trying to focus on the cause behind the race. I think that running this race is a way of honoring officers and fallen officers. I want my running to count for something. I want it to be more than just an entry fee. I want to give back to families like the Christian family.”
Beverly decided to run in the Race for the Fallen for that reason. This will be Beverly’s fourth half marathon.
Sadly, each year more than 140 officers like Officer Christian leave for work and do not return home to the families who love and support them. The reasons vary – they may be involved in an auto accident; they may be killed in an incident with a criminal; they may have performed a routine traffic stop to ticket a speeder or responded to a domestic dispute that took a deadly turn. Regardless of the reason, the harsh reality is that the men and women of our local police departments who have chosen to accept the honor of protecting our communities often face deadly consequences that leave their families in dire straits. When we lose a member of the police force, we lose an experienced, trained hero who gave his or her life to protect the community. When we lose an officer – a family loses a husband, a wife, a sister or brother... a child loses a father or a mother.
“Many times we take police officers for granted and the sacrifice their family’s make,” said Beverly.
The Race for the Fallen Half Marathon was created to honor the brave men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our families, and it is a tribute to the officers who gave their lives to protect our community. The 2nd Annual Race for the Fallen Half Marathon to benefit the Police Benevolent Foundation will be held on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at Red Top Mountain State Park. The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. exists to help the law enforcement officers and their families restore normalcy after a tragedy.
“When Buddy was shot last year, this really impacted me personally. I met Officer Christian’s wife Melissa and she has children around the same ages of my children. This really hit home. My husband is a detective for Hall County. It could have been him. It could have been anybody, ” said Beverly.
You can join Beverly and many others as they run to honor fallen officers by registering for the Race for the Fallen Half Marathon at http://www.raceforthefallen.com.
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The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization established by the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (SSPBA) in 2005. Established in 1987, SSPBA has been serving its membership for 20 years. SSPBA is not a union. It is an independent association with no national or international affiliations. The Foundation has a Board of Directors elected by the membership of the SSPBA. Foundation expenses are currently absorbed by Southern States PBA, making the Foundation one of very few such entities that give 100% of the funds received to its intended purpose.