5K Run Benefits Family of Fallen State Trooper

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MT. PULASKI -- Early morning rain had many participants debating whether or not a 5k run to raise money for the family of State Trooper Kyle Deatherage would go on. Deatherage was struck by a semi-truck last month during a traffic stop on I-55 near Litchfield.

Jared Bierbaum, a Bloomington police officer, was the first to finish the race in just over twenty minutes.

"It was hilly, it was rainy, but you know, you don't have a choice. You come out here, and it's bigger than the 5k, it's bigger than the times, because we're here to support the family," said Bierbaum.

ISP Master Sergeant Shad Edwards cheered every single runner on, as they crossed the finish line, Edwards met them with a warm smile and a hearty high-five.

"I didn't know Kyle Deatherage personally, but he's a trooper, and he went to the same academy that I did and received the same training that I did. He lost his life doing the exact same job that I do, that hundreds and hundreds of us do everyday," said Edwards.

Kimberly Cowen was part of the team that organized the run.
 
"My husband is from this town, so we knew we could get a lot of people together to make this work," said Cowen.

And it did; more than 160 participated, making this rainy day run a huge success.

"We were able to raise almost $4,000 today for the family and for the kids education so yeah, we're happy about that," added Cowen.

If you would like to the Kyle Deatherage Memorial Fund call the Scott Credit Union in Highland at (618) 345-1000.

 

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