Memorial run honoring slain Tampa officers
Thousands gather for memorial run honoring slain Tampa officers
By KEVIN WIATROWSKI | The Tampa Tribune
Published: October 08, 2011
Updated: October 08, 2011 – 11:16 AM
TAMPA Thirty-one black placards lined Madison Street this morning, each one bearing the name of a Tampa police officer killed in the line of duty.
More than a century separated the first officer – John McCormick, killed in 1895 – from the latest fatalities, Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis, killed last year.
Promptly at 8 a.m., thousands of runners passed down that temporary hall of honor as they began the city’s 17th Tampa Police Memorial 5k race.
“This means a lot to the Tampa Police Department,” Police Chief Jane Castor, decked out in running gear, told the runners as they assembled at the starting line.
Race organizer Jim Contento said this year’s event drew 2,800 registered runners, and hundreds more walk-ups.
The race winners were Seth Rosonina of Riverview for the men, and Rachel Lee of Cape Coral for the women. It was the first time running the race for each of them.
Deb Voiles, a Tampa-based running coach, brought dozens of her clients and running club members to the race.
“I love living in Tampa,” Voiles said. “And if you love living in Tampa, you have to honor the people who keep the city safe.”
At the same time as the race in Tampa, Dan College and John Twining, Tampa policemen called to active military duty in Kuwait, staged a 5k race in that Middle East country. “Even though they are thousands of miles away, they wanted their TPD family to feel their support at this important event,” a department news release stated.