3rd Annual Bitner Memorial Run to Benefit Families of Fallen Officers

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June 20, 2015 - Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund 5K and 10K Run and 5K Walk in Englewood, Colorado

Bitner Run 2015

Participants in the 5K Walk

This event is a great opportunity to not only honor those who have fallen in the line of duty, but also to support their families and loved ones. - Burg Simpson attorney Nick Fogel

Just over three years ago, Englewood Police detective Jeremy Bitner was conducting a routine traffic stop. Moments later, the 8-year veteran officer lost his life after being struck and killed by a vehicle. He left behind a loving wife and a son and daughter, as well as many friends and other family members. During Jeremy’s years of service in the Englewood Police Department, he was assigned to patrol, was a SWAT team member, and also served as a Field Training Officer.

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the 3rd Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run will help the families of officers pay tribute to those lost in the line of duty in Colorado. This certified racecourse offers a scenic view of beautiful Englewood, the Big Dry Creek Trail, and the Mary Carter Greenway. The run/walk will start and finish at Cornerstone Park in Englewood, where participants are invited to join loved ones in a celebration of life and those lost in the line of duty. Cornerstone Park is located at 5150 S. Windermere Street in Englewood, Colorado. Sign ups, sponsorship, and more information can be found here.

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is a proud sponsor of the event. Burg Simpson attorney Nick Fogel said, “This event is a great opportunity to not only honor those who have fallen in the line of duty, but also to support their families and loved ones. The event has grown tremendously since its inception. The event is also a nice way to meet other officers and their families and gain a further sense of community.”

Vendors and children’s activities will begin once the run/walk is completed, and will include a morning of fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy. There will also be a number of emergency vehicles available for touring, and staff will be available to answer questions. An emergency helicopter is also scheduled to land before the start of the race.

Proceeds from the annual run assist in maintaining “The Jeremy Bitner Fallen Officer Fund,” a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which offers financial assistance to the next of kin of any fallen officer acting in the line of duty in the State of Colorado. All proceeds raised stay in Colorado and benefit those in our community who are affected by these tragic and untimely losses.

Chad Read, President of the Board of Directors, said, “Remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in return for being able to serve their communities, is what we as a board want to do annually. This fund was set up to assist those affected by the death of an officer in the line-of-duty, and to further the assistance to outside organizations who take great pride in reaching out to those affected by a law enforcement death. We remember always and will never forget those who have served, for this is what makes our organization unique and beneficial to families who have lost loved ones.”

Contact admin(at)bitnermemorialfund(dot)org for more information, or go to http://www.bitnermemorialfund.org.
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