Cops run, ride to Ottawa to remember fallen officers

The annual Run to Remember kicked off at Queen's Park on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (Photo: Twitter/@460km)
The annual Run to Remember kicked off at Queen’s Park on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (Photo: Twitter/@460km)

BY KELLY ROCHE
More than 300 runners – 31 representing Peel Region – are en route to the nation’s capital Thursday as part of an annual event honouring fallen police officers.
The 460 km trek, known as the Run to Remember, ties in with the Canadian Peace and Police Officers’ Memorial Service, held on the last Sunday in September.

 

A 700 km memorial bike ride is also taking place.

Sixteen cyclists are representing Peel Regional Police, said Const. Bally Saini, with runners including Sgt. Matt Small and Const. Akhil Mooken, pictured below.

Officers being honoured include Peel Const. James Ochakovsky, 36.
(Photo: Peel Regional Police)
(Photo: Peel Regional Police)
He died in a crash as he was on his way to help a fellow officer on March 2, 2010.

Ontario’s Attorney General Yasir Naqvi and Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services David Orazetti kicked off the 12th annual run at Queen’s Park.

There was also a familiar face and voice on hand — broadcaster Don Cherry.

 A ceremony is being held Sunday morning on Parliament Hill.
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