Oct 11, 2015 3:37 PM
MANCHESTER — Sunday morning, the city kicked off it's ninth annual Footrace for the Fallen - a 5K road race looping around the Queen City in honor of every Manchester police officer who died in the line of duty.
Nashua Police Cpt. David Bailey was one of many participants in Sunday's race, and a member of the first-place team of runners from the Nashua police department.
"I was working obviously when Officer Briggs was killed. The fact that they put this race together one year later to not only honor his memory but to honor all officers. It puts a face on the fact that we still have officers out there that are working every day and are in harm's way," Bailey said.
With more than 750 people participating, runners passed signs bearing the names of New Hampshire's law enforcement officers who died serving the city of Manchester, including Sgt. Henry McAllister, Inspector William Moher, Officer Ralph Miller and Officer Michael Briggs.
"It's for the fallen but also their family to support and know that we are here to stand behind them," said one runner. Another agreed by saying, "I think they haven't had a lot of respect lately in the media and we are very thankful for them every day."
More than $15,000 was raised Sunday, with all proceeds from the race benefiting the Manchester Police Athletic League, a non-profit organization that connects police officers with youth through sports and other recreational activities.
"It's just a way for kids from Manchester to find an alternative to doing things that they wouldn't otherwise do like get in trouble," Chief Nick Willard said.
The runners crossed the finish line at Gill Stadium where they were greeted with music, a beer garden, and support from family and friends.
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