The 18th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Run made its way to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial this afternoon. Each year runners make the journey from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Washington DC to honor fallen officers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
The run began 18 years ago with just two participants. Over time, the Law Enforcement Memorial Run has evolved into a group of over eighty participants including officers, supporters and survivors. In addition to the main group, hundred of extra runners join in during various legs of the trip. The run made several stops along the way to honor those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
During the post-run ceremony, the group honored the families of fallen Officer William J. McCarthy, IV, Shenango Township (PA) Police Department, Officer Daniel "J.J." Lomax, Forest City Borough (PA) Department, and Officer Jason L. Schneider, Baltimore County (MD) Police Department. Each family was presented a plaque by James Harrity, Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police.