The 19th annual Run for Heroes 5k Run and Walk, benefiting children of fallen Delaware County first responders will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13 outside of the Springfield Municipal Building.
Every year, across the country, our communities are shaken by the tragic loss of brave first responders including police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. The need remains great to provide for the families, especially the children of these men and women who are tragically killed in the line of duty.
“Sadly, Delaware County has not been spared these tragedies and we are proud of the fact that in those times, our county comes together as a united and caring community to support the families of those killed in the line of duty and their fellow first responders,” said Councilman Mike Culp.
Since 1977, the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Committee has been raising funds to provide scholarships to the children of Delaware County police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its founding they have raised almost $600,000, providing 35 young people with scholarships. The scholarships not only provide monetary assistance, but are also a show of support from the community in honor of the parent lost while serving and protecting.
During the Sept. 25 County Council meeting Alexandra Chambers, daughter of fallen Chester Firefighter, Thomas Chambers and recipient of a scholarship spoke about the impact the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund has had on her. She was a young child when she and her sister, Samantha lost their father as he was bravely serving with the Chester Fire Department at just 34 years old. Recently, the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund Committee awarded Alexandra a scholarship to pay her college tuition, in recognition of her father’s service and sacrifice.
“When you see how these funds directly impact a young life, we’re reminded of how vital it is to participate and support organizations such as the Hero Scholarship Fund,” said Culp.
The Hero Scholarship Committee holds various events and benefits throughout the year, including the annual Run for Heroes 5k Run and Walk, being held on Oct. 13 outside of the Springfield Municipal Building. Proceeds from the 5k benefit the Hero Scholarship Fund. Last year the run raised $42,000.
The community is encouraged go out and run for a great cause. More information, including a link to register can be found here: www.delcorunforheroes.com