Houston’s 911 Heroes Run once again a huge success

Tom Kennedy

The 8th Annual Houston 911 Heroes Run took place Sept. 8 and – as always – was a rousing success.

Retired HPD Capt. Greg Fremin, the race director since the event began eight years ago, said the total funds raised from this year’s race had not been fully calculated.

But Houston’s run always leads or is among the leaders in the fundraising effort, which benefits Assist the Officer, Operation Lone Star and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Union, Local 341.

“This is a great community event that allows community first responders, our military and law enforcement personnel to come together on this day to honor the victims of 911 and those who served in the wars ever since,” Fremin said after the race.

Although calculations of the total amount taken in this year were incomplete, Fremin pointed out that Houston almost always leads in the amount raised in the cities where the 911 Heroes Run is held. Over the past eight years, the total amount raised has been more than $600,000.

“We are one of the tops in the nation,” he said. “It’s an honor to be part of this event and continue to recognize all of the 911 heroes.”

This year’s honored guest was retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer, a resident of The Woodlands. Gen. Hummer served 42 years in the Corps.

The 5K run was the crux of a fundraising cause inspired by the brave actions of a fallen Marine, 1st Lt. Travis Manion, killed by an enemy sniper in Iraq in April 2007 while fighting courageously to defend against an enemy ambush.

Established to honor his memory, the Travis Manion Foundation assists our nation’s veterans and the families of all fallen heroes, and more importantly, has become the signature event for the City of Houston for 9/11 ceremonies.

Fremin was recently honored for his work as the Houston race director. The Travis Manion Foundation held an event honoring Lt. Manion’s mother, Janet, who passed away from cancer and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with her son.

This event also honored many Gold Star families. The foundation published a book about our heroes. Fremin, an ex-Marine, wrote the foreword.