Reporting Mike Krauser
CHICAGO (CBS) — A record number of people participated in a fundraising run today to help the families of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
Phil Cline, the Executive Director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation says 6,000 officers, friends, family and citizens came out for the ninth annual Run To Remember.
The biggest numbers he has ever seen, perhaps in part due to the Boston Marathon bombings.
“I think that might have had something to do with it. I think people want to show the terrorists that ‘Hey you can’t defeat us and we’re Americans and we are going to do what we do in this country,’ and I think that is a big thing,” said Cline.
Phil Cline was an officer for 37 years and police superintendent for four.
“I got to know the families very closely and I can see how they still want to be part of the police family so this is important. These are the events that let these families know we haven’t forgotten them,” said Cline.
The money raised will help the families of officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty.