SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — It’s National Police Week and an event in Sioux Falls this weekend will honor officers who’ve died serving their communities. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, South Dakota has 53 “line of duty” deaths. Remember The Fallen 5K takes place this Saturday at Riverdale Park.
Runners will sprint off from Riverdale Park this Saturday for the Remember The Fallen 5K despite spring flooding along the Big Sioux River.
“Did not have to move it. Very happy about that. We’ve held it here in Riverdale Park the past four years and we get to keep it here,” Speckmeier said.
Jess Speckmeier is the Race Director. She’s also a Sergeant with the Sioux Falls Police Department.
“It is a dangerous job. Our law enforcement officers, unfortunately, see people in their worst times. They deal with a lot of bad situations where unfortunately they don’t get a lot of thanks for what they do,” Speckmeier said.
This year’s event is the fifth annual. Not only does it remember the fallen, it also honors officers who continue to serve every day.
Ceanna Hartley’s husband works for the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department. The family is expecting their first child this June. Before that, she says she’ll be walking or slow jogging in this 5K.
“It seems like such a close community that it’s just important to support them and let them know, hey thank you for what you do because you do put your life on the line every day,” Hartley said.
That encouragement means a lot.
“It’s incredibly heartwarming. The amount of support that we get from community for this event and for our first responders that come and run this event and participate is pretty incredible. We live in an amazing city,” Speckmeier said.
The 5K takes off at 9 a.m. this Saturday. Check in and same-day registration starts at 7:30.