Welcome to the Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard.

Here we honor our fallen Heroes of The City of Columbus, Ohio Division of Police

5K Memorial Run


7th Annual 5K Walk and Run and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run!!

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 @ 9AM!

We Can’t Make This Event Happen Without You!


Please note that there will be no race day packet pick up.  Race Packet and individual shirt order pick up dates and times are as follows:

Wednesday, October 2nd, 11AM -2PM and 5PM- 8PM – Grove City Dick’s Sporting Goods Store

Thursday, October 3rd, 11AM – 2PM and 5PM-8PM – Easton Dick’s Sporting Goods Store at the pass through of Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field and Steam 

Friday, October 4th, 11AM – 2PM and 5PM-8PM – Polaris Dick’s Sporting Goods Store at the pass through from Dick’s Sporting Goods Store to Field and Stream


The Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard will be hosting our 7th Annual 5K Memorial Walk/Run. We are excited to bring the event back to Genoa Park where the start and finish line will be at the Columbus Police Memorial. Please join us on Saturday, October 7th, 2019, at 9AM for our 1 Mile Kids Fun Run immediately followed by the 7th Annual 5K Memorial Walk/Run in honor of all our officers that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Our 1 Mile Kids Fun Run will kick the races off at 9AM with the children running 1/2 mile on the trail where they will then turn around and run a 1/2 mile back to where they started!  (Parents can go with them for no additional charge) Fun prizes for the winners!  Children (and the adults too) will have the opportunity to sit in Columbus Police Cruisers, meet the Mounted Police, look through SWAT cars, see the Diving Gear, and much more!  Come be a kid again and experience the Columbus Division of Police!

At the completion of the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run the 6th Annual 5K Memorial Walk/Run will begin! 5K Finisher pictures can also be printed on the spot and shared to social media for the 5K participants. We will also be distributing  finisher medals again this year!  All runners will also receive a free Limited Edition Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard 5K Memorial t-shirt (including the Kids Fun Run).

Join us for water, Gatorade, fruit, granola bars and Efrain’s famous chocolate chip cookies immediately afterwards as we announce the award winners!


5K Map and Instructions:

• Start on Washington Boulevard and head south

• Turn left (east) on the Rich/Town Street Bridge

• Turn left (north) to enter the bike path at Rich Street and Civic Center Drive

• Exit the bike path at Rickenbacker Drive and Souder Avenue

• Turn left (south) on Souder Avenue and cross over the river

• Re-enter the bike path on the left (east)

• Continue south on the bike path and back up the hill to the start/finish arch


1 Mile Kid’s Fun Run Map and Instructions:

 Start on Washington Boulevard and head north directly down the ramp to the bike path

Continue on the bike path for .5 miles

At .5 miles turn around loop back, heading south on the bike path and back up the ramp to Washington Blvd

Cross the finish line 🙂


The City of Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard is a 501(3)c non-profit organization composed completely of volunteer Columbus Police Officers and Command Staff whose primary mission is to participate at funeral services for active, retired, and reserve officers, as well as active and retired civilian police personnel. These special men and women also act as representatives of the Division of Police in various community events. The Honor Guard is primarily self-funded, and relies on very limited public funds for its maintenance and operation.  These funds are for ceremonial equipment, scholarships the organization donates to, transportation, and upkeep on the Police Memorials at Genoa Park, the Columbus Police Academy, and Columbus Police Headquarters.  In case of the tragic loss of a fallen officer, the Honor Guard also sends representation to the National Police Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. as the Fallen Officers’ names are added. They also fund the Fallen Heroes’ names being placed on their own Memorial Wall at Genoa Park, and the Memorials at the Columbus Police Academy and Columbus Police Headquarters, amongst many other expenses.

Most recently, in May 2017, members of the Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard headed to our Nation’s Capital to add their own Fallen Hero’s name, Officer Steven M. Smith, and historic Officer John Manning and Chief Frederick F. Kundts to the National Police Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Their names can also be viewed on their own Memorial Wall at Genoa Park in their honor.

In Memory

  This page is dedicated to the Fallen Ohio Officers of the Columbus Division of Police and their dedication to protect and serve.  May we never forget……..


It is not how these officers died that made them heroes it is how they lived.  

 Vivian Eney, Survivor

Click Here To See Columbus Division of Police Fallen Officers’ Stories

In May We Remember The Following CPD Fallen Heroes:

(Complements of Officer Down Memorial Page CPD Webpage)


Patrolman Edward J. Murphy:  EOW – Saturday, May 11th, 1935

Patrolman Edward J. Murphy became a policeman October 9, 1922. One of the most beloved officers on the force, he met his death May 11, 1935, in a gun battle with a burglary suspect in a building at Long and High Streets. The officer was assigned to No. 1 cruiser with John P. Sears at the time.  He had cornered the burglar in a stairway landing to the basement of the building and had emptied his gun at the man.  As he started down the steps after the suspect, the man opened fire.  Four shots struck Patrolman Murphy.  The suspect was later captured and electrocuted in Ohio Penitentiary.

Patrolman Murphy’s partner was killed in the line of duty the following year when he fell from the same building Patrolman Murphy was killed in during a search a warrant.

Patrolman Murphy had served with the agency for 13 years.

Patrolman Robert F. Lisska:  EOW – Wednesday, May 26th, 1965

Patrolman Robert F. Lisska, 36, who entered the department July 1,1959, was the 32nd officer killed in the line of duty.  On May 27, 1965, he was on motorcycle patrol on Columbus’ West Side when, in trying to avoid an automobile that had changed lanes into his path, his cycle went out of control and hit a pole.  Lisska suffered a fractured skull and died instantly.  The driver of the car was later apprehended and charged with changing lanes without safety. He and his wife had three children.

Officer Walter O. Womeldorf:  EOW – Friday, May 29th, 1925

Detective Walter O. Womeldorf entered the department July 1, 1920, and was shot to death May 29, 1925.  He was working with fellow officers and probation agents when bootleggers were apprehended in the vicinity of Mt. Vernon and Taylor Avenues.  A shooting affray resulted and in the darkness, Detective Womeldorf was mistaken for one of the bootleggers and was shot and killed by one of this his own party.


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