Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The third annual First Responders 5k attracted more than 300 runners and supporters – including many law enforcement officers, fire fighters, paramedics, the general public and their families.
Race Director Christina Sheehan, a Modrall Sperling associate, and Robin Hopkins, a former Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy, initiated the annual event. The event was inspired by the events of October 26, 2013, when Hopkins was shot by a man whose only intention was to injure and kill police officers.
"Robin and I were searching for a way to bring everyone together in a meaningful manner to strengthen relationships between first responders and the communities they serve," Sheehan says. Her husband, Matt Caplan, is a Detective with the APD Violent Crimes Unit.
A member of the Event Committee, Modrall Sperling shareholder Jim Houghton, adds, "Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics all participate in this annual event, which is a day of remembrance for first responders who have been injured or who have fallen in the line of duty. We honor the sacrifices they have made."
All proceeds from this event benefit the New Mexico Ten-82 fund, which provides support to first responders and their families when the need arises.