Hundreds run to honor fallen law enforcement officers

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – More than 700 law enforcement officers and their supporters took to the streets of Washington Sunday morning to raise money and awareness for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum.

The museum, in front of the D.C. Court of Appeals downtown, is being built underground and is about 50 percent complete. It’s expected to cost $80 million with all the money raised from private sources.

The museum is right across the street from the memorial, which was built in 1991. It has been a place of honor for thousands of police officers killed in the line of duty since the 1800’s. There are 19,660 names on the wall.

D.C. Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Patrick Burke says while they were running 5K to raise money for the museum they were also running to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by police every day.

“We want to make sure people know the history and the stories behind these officers and some of the challenges officers go through on a a daily basis,” he says.

The museum is expected to be completed in 2015.

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