The Reserve Deputies and Officers Foundation is coordinating the Motorman 5K and 1-Mile Deputy Dash, presented by Bancorp South Insurance Services, to benefit Cpl. Nick Tullier and Sgt. Bruce Simmons.
Both are law enforcement officers who were shot and sustained serious injuries in the line of duty in Baton Rouge on July 17. They are assigned to the traffic division at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office as motormen patrolling the community and answering calls for service on a motorcycle.
The races will start at 8 a.m. May 20 at Zachary High School, 4100 Bronco Lane. The event will include food and entertainment, as well as the chance to see law enforcement tools such as a tactical response vehicle, boat, helicopter and more.
“This will be a wonderful event. There is a race for all ages,” said Cpl. Lisa Blackman, of the Sheriff's Office Community Policing Division. “If you have small children and want to walk or push them in a stroller, the 1-Mile Deputy Dash is for you. If you are a more serious runner and want to compete in the Motorman 5K, there is a race for you as well. Not only is the foundation raising funds to support two wonderful law enforcement officers, this will be an event where law enforcement and the community can come together as well.”
Tullier and Simmons were both shot during an ambush on law enforcement in the summer. Both have needed multiple surgeries and continuing therapy. Simmons also lost his home during the flood in August.
“Law enforcement officers and other first responders give of themselves every day. They dedicate their lives to community service,” said Scott McKnight, of the Reserve Deputies and Officers Foundation. “This event will be law enforcement and the community coming together to support two heroes who were injured while they were out protecting our community. This is a way for the community to give a little back to two men who have given so much.”
Donations and proceeds will benefit Tullier and Simmons. To register, visit the Facebook page @Motorman5K, and click the “sign up” button at the top or go to imathlete.com/events/motorman5k.
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