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Honoring Lakeland’s Fallen Heroes

Annual 5K Run Raises Funds for Police Department


Each year, the Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K run stands as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of the Lakeland Police Department. More than just a race, this annual event serves as a vital source of funding for the Lakeland Police Department Foundation, enabling it to continue its essential mission of supporting past, present, and future members of the department.

Through the generous contributions generated by the 5K run, the foundation is able to provide vital resources and assistance to the men and women who serve and protect our community. From education grants to financial aid for officers facing extreme hardships, the foundation’s programs play a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and success of Lakeland’s finest.

In addition to supporting the needs of active-duty officers, the foundation also extends its assistance to retired police canines, ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve after a lifetime of service. Furthermore, the foundation’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of law enforcement professionals is demonstrated through its support of the Police Explorer Program, which provides young people with valuable insights and experiences in the field of law enforcement.

One of the most poignant aspects of the foundation’s work is its dedication to honoring the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The Fallen Heroes Memorial, built to honor the seven Lakeland Police officers who gave their lives in service to their community, stands as a testament to their bravery and dedication.

As participants lace up their running shoes for the Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K run, they do more than just race—they join together to honor the legacy of those who have gone before them and to ensure that their sacrifices will never be forgotten. With each step they take, they help to ensure that the Lakeland Police Department can continue to serve and protect our community for years to come.


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