More than 1,100 runners came out to Hines Drive to show their support for fallen first responders this past Saturday during the first Heroes on Hines Half Marathon and 5K.
There were 1,130 pre-registered runners that included 30 out-of-state runners and four from out of the country. Both young and old turned out to show their support with the youngest runner being 7-years-old and the oldest being 81-years-old.
Proceeds from the annual race go to support and maintain the First Responders Memorial in Hines Park, which is scheduled to be dedicated in a ceremony Thursday, Oct. 17 at 1:00 p.m. The memorial honors first responders of Police, Fire and EMS personnel who have lost their lives while on duty within Wayne County.
Runners and attendees included Wayne County officials, mayors, police, fire, EMS personnel and family members of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Participants received a technical race shirt for all distances and finisher's medal for half marathon distance.
The memorial will initially display the names of 401 police, fire and EMS personnel from Wayne County communities who died in the line of duty. The memorial includes monuments, seat walls, concrete walkways, a paver plaza, site furnishings, plantings as well parking and lighting.