5K honors Sgt. Cory Wride, needs volunteers

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Sgt. Cory Wride was shot and killed in the line of duty on Jan. 31. Run for the Fallen is a 5K that will benefit his family. It will be held on March 15 at 9 a.m. in Eagle Mountain. (Photo courtesy Utah County Police Department)

On Jan. 30, Utah Valley’s own Sgt. Cory Wride was shot and killed after trying to help a man in what was meant to be a routine car check. Since then, Utah Valley has mourned his loss and rallied behind the Wride family to raise awareness for officer safety. On Saturday, March 15 at 9 a.m., Run for the Fallen will host a 5K in Eagle Mountain to benefit Wride’s family.

“Sgt. Wride put his life on the line every day for average, everyday citizens,” a press release said. “He gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep the community safe.  Run for the Fallen is a way for the community to give back for his amazing sacrifice.”

Kim Cardwell, the race organizer, said the race is in need of donations and prize contributions. They are also calling for volunteers for the day of the race.

“I don’t think because you don’t know somebody doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help in any way you can,” Cardwell said. “It’s a good opportunity to help if you’re not running or contributing financially, volunteering will mean a lot to the family of Sgt. Wride.”

Although Cardwell doesn’t know the Wride family, she said his death hit home, and she wanted to give back. She said she hopes the community will come together to honor Wride and also benefit his family.

Run for the FallenIf you are interested in volunteering, contact Kim Cardwell at luvsfuture@yahoo.com or Kori Morgan at kori.morgan@yahoo.com.

To register for the race, visit Run for the Fallen website.

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Amy McDonald is a reporter with a degree in journalism, American studies and international development from BYU. She is a lover of the sky and a human rights advocate.

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