The Houston Police Officers Union in conjunction with the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System once again hosted the spectacular 5th Annual 911 Heroes Run, which has become the signature event for Houston for 911 Ceremonies.
Race Director and HPD Capt. Greg Fremin told the Badge & Gun that Houston once again had the largest 911 Heroes Run in the nation and he anticipates over $100,000 to have been raised.
“I’m proud to say that this amount sets a new record over last year’s,” Fremin said in describing this year’s latest success story.
The race was once again held at Ellington Airport with this year’s event drawing a record crowd of nearly 3,000 participants, including numerous law enforcement, first responder and military personnel from each of the U. S. military branches.
The 911 Heroes Run was started in honor of USMC 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed in combat operations in Iraq in 2007. This patriotic event is now held around the world to honor the sacrifices of the victims of September 11, 2001and the wars fought since.
The race allows communities, first responders and our military to come together to pay tribute to our fallen heroes and this year the Heroes Run was held in 58 cities nationally and 12 U. S. military installations around the world.
A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit Assist The Officer Foundation, Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local 341 and the Texas Association of First Responders.
Capt. Fremin gave special recognition to his guest of honor, U. S. Marine Col. Terence Trenchard, who serves as the chief of staff for the USMC Recruiting Command in Quantico, Virginia.
“It was a great honor to have Colonel Trenchard on deck for this day of honoring our fallen heroes, for he truly is an American patriot who personifies the warrior spirit,” Fremin said. “Colonel Trenchard is the embodiment of Travis Manion’s ethos, ‘If Not Me, Then Who…’ ”
The captain also thanked several sponsors whose unyielding and dedicated support of our men and women in uniform has made this race the national success it is today. He recognized the great patriot Ms. Carolyn Cross with Joe Myers Ford, the Cox Media Group which heavily promoted the event on their radio stations (93Q, Legends 97.1, and The Eagle 106.9, Camilo Rojas with Michelob Ultra, Kroger, HEB, Houstonia Magazine, Shell Oil, and Lukes Locker.
He also recognized the support of Police Chief McClelland, HFD Chief Garrision, Houston Airport Director Mario Diaz, HPOU President Ray Hunt, and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, who have collectively embraced this venue and supported it since its inception.
Capt. Fremin also gave special thanks to the numerous volunteers and City of Houston employees that assisted with the months of preparation and planning, and special recognition to Lt. Randy Upton, and his staff that assisted with planning for this major city venue.