Runners Go The Extra Mile To Honor Fallen Eaton Co. Deputies

DELTA TWP, (WLNS) -Hundreds of people laced-up their tennis shoes and joined together at Sharp Park in Delta Township this morning, to honor and remember three Eaton County Deputies who lost their lives protecting the community.

Lots of people participate in races as the warm weather approaches, but this one in particular, did more than get people to exercise.

A race that Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Block said will make a difference in the Eaton County Community.

“About six months ago, Lieut. Wriggelsworth came up to me, he had an idea to try to raise some money to honor the three fallen deputies that we’ve had here in Eaton County,” Deputy Block said.

So, Deputy Block and members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department organized the “FIVE-O” 5K run  in an effort to raise $3,600 to cover the cost of three plaques to put on the grave stones for Deputy Cleo Platt, Deputy Dean Foster, and Deputy Don Rice, all who lost their lives in the line of duty; fighting crime and protecting the Eaton County community.

Something one participant said was cool to see.

“I think it’s cool to raise a memorial for three fallen police officers,” Christine Schultheis said. “They played the National Anthem everybody kind of looked at the flag, It was really cool.. the two fire trucks were holding a flat with the ladders together and everybody just kind of salute to the fallen police officers.”

Another runner, Ed Thelen said he came out just to support a good cause.

“It sounded like a great way to start off the race year and run and honor these gentlemen that died for their county,” Thelen said. “It feels great to help out the community.. It’s a great thing to do.”

And with these efforts, as each person crosses the finish line, those deputies will not only be remembered on this day, but never forgotten.

“It’s a very important thing for me too because I unfortunately have lost friends as well and to be able to honor these people,” Deputy Block said. “Hopefully 100 to 200 years from now, people will.. When I’m long gone, people will be able to walk through these cemeteries and see that these young guys gave their lives for the county that they were serving.”

The turnout was larger than the Sheriff’s Department expected; they were hoping for at least 125 participants, however more than 400 people came out to support the cause.

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