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

8th Annual 5K Walk and Run and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run!!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 @ 9AM!

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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, September 30th, 11AM -2PM and 5PM- 8PM – Grove City Dick’s Sporting Goods Store

Thursday, October 1st, 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 2nd, 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 8th 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 3rd, 2020, at 9AM for our 1 Mile Kids Fun Run immediately followed by the 8th 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 8th 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 🙂

About

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 April We Remember The Following CPD Fallen Heroes:

(Complements of Officer Down Memorial Page CPD Webpage)

 

 Sergeant Marc Muncy – EOW:  Wednesday, April 5th, 1995

Sergeant Muncy was killed after his patrol car collided with a tractor trailer and burst into flames as he was responding to a call for backup.

Sergeant Muncy was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.

He had served with the Columbus Police Department for 6 years and had previously served with the Reynoldsburg Police Department for 2 years and as a military policeman for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son and mother.

Officer Gordon Rich – EOW:  Saturday, April 5th, 1986

Officer Gordon Rich was shot and killed with his own weapon while making a traffic stop. Unbeknownst to Officer Rich, the men had just committed a robbery. He had placed both men in the back seat of his cruiser. One of them was able to gain control of his weapon and shot him. He attempted to call for help on his police radio but was unable to speak to the dispatcher. A witness to the shooting followed the suspects who were later apprehended. The shooter was convicted and sentenced to prison for 33 years to life. He has his first parole hearing in February, 2019.

Officer Rich had been with the agency for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two step children.

Officer Steven M. Smith – EOW:  Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Police Officer Steven Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier as the SWAT team attempted to serve a felony arson warrant at an apartment at 14 West California Avenue.

Officer Smith was riding in the turret of an armored vehicle as it approached the apartment building when he was struck by one round. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to the wound.

The wanted subject was taken into custody following the shooting.

Officer Smith had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

Patrolman Troy Stewart – EOW:  Tuesday, April 22nd, 1924

Patrolman Stewart was shot and killed after responding to a fight. The suspect was convicted of murder and executed on March 27, 1925.

Patrolman Stewart had been with the agency for six months.

Officer Raymond Radel – EOW:  Thursday, April 25th, 1991

Officer Raymond Radel succumbed to injuries received five days earlier when his car was struck head-on on I-70 just outside of Columbus. Officer Radel was returning from an assignment to the Police Athletic League Classic Car Show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the time of the accident.

Officer Radel had served with the agency for 25 years, and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Officer Cyrus Beebe – EOW:  Thursday, April 27th, 1854

Officer Cyrus Beebe was shot and killed while assisting officers from the Newark Police Department arrest a robbery suspect in Columbus.

The man was located at a place known as the Scioto House, on Friend Street near the canal, by the officers. As they attempted to arrest him the opened fire with a revolver while fleeing. One of the shots struck Officer Beebe in the head, causing a fatal wound.

The subject fled the area but was located in Wisconsin in 1857. He admitted murdering Officer Beebe to two undercover officers who were investigating him for robbing a farmer of $1,500 worth of gold. He was returned to Columbus where he was convicted of murdering Officer Beebe. The man was sentenced to life in prison but was pardoned in 1875.

Lieutenant Christopher Claypool – EOW:  Sunday, April 29th, 2001

Lieutenant Christopher Claypool was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while at the scene of another accident.

As he walked across the intersection with his flashlight to check on one of the victims of the initial accident , he was struck by the suspected drunk driver, who then fled the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 0030 hours.

The suspect was eventually apprehended and charged with vehicular homicide. The suspect pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.

Lieutenant Claypool had been employed with the Columbus Division of Police for 13 years, and is survived by his wife and two children. He was three days shy of his 40th birthday.

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