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So far, 2020 has shown itself in a most unusual way. Everything that was normal, no longer is. Activities and events which were routine have been canceled or delayed. It has come to a point where it seems there isn’t much we can count on.

Except God … and the love of our Brothers in Blue.

This is a story about all of that. It’s about a great group of guys from South Carolina who are joining forces celebrating the lives of the 397 law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of their state. That’s a very nice way of saying they were killed in the line of duty.

Killed?  In the line of duty?

Their duty was to protect the rest of us, our ancestors or our children from those who would harm us. They died while doing that.



397 families saw their loved-one put on a badge, strap on a gun and leave home to go to work. That loved-one never returned. In their place was came a phone call or a visit from a different officer announcing the death of their loved-one.

398 families of cops were hit in their most vulnerable spot: their hearts. When a fellow officer is killed, a piece of each one of the rest of us goes with him. The other cops still had to go to work, even though they were hurting. They were angry. They were anxious because they all knew it could have been them. And, they tried their best to put on a strong face.

There is no sound so crushing to any cop as the sound of bagpipes playing ‘Amazing Grace.’



 I know that most of time, events like this one happen in May around Police Memorial Day. This year, this one has been delayed because it’s 2020. But, it means just as much.

It starts now.  Today’s the day.

This celebration is being held to keep our promise to NEVER FORGET. The celebration will carry on for five days, starting today, Monday, August 3, 2020. It will endure for five days all comprising a single 398 mile run. The runners are: our own Danny Watson, Daniel Johnson, Andy Parker, Tyler Cox and Curtis Boyd.

They will be running in the sweltering South Carolina heat as a show of respect for and remembrance of the fallen officers of South Carolina. It will be a run through towns, villages and open countryside in the sun, wind and rain that each day will bring.

Each mile is run in memory of a specific fallen officer.

There will be tears and smiles along the way, too. There will be families and fellow officers of the fallen who will be reminded that their loved one is remembered and that their families will never be alone.

Know in your heart that each one of these men in blue has an ache in their heart for those whom we have lost. Know also that they also love those who still walk the beat in South Carolina – and all over America, today.

Please watch this video to share in their grief and their love.

God bless them all. God bless you, as well.



You can get learn about the progress of this race throughout the week on the CopBlue Facebook page. Click HERE


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