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!

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, 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 🙂


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 January We Remember The Following CPD Fallen Heroes:

(Complements of Officer Down Memorial Page CPD Webpage)

  EOW:  Friday, January 4th, 1991 – Police Officer Robin H. Nye

Officer Nye was killed when his patrol car was broadsided at the intersection of Cassidy Street and Airport Drives while responding to a call for help. Officer Nye’s partner was critically injured and forced to give up his career as a law enforcement officer.

Officer Nye had served with the agency for 26 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

  EOW:  Thursday, January 6th, 2005 – Police Officer Bryan Scott Hurst

Police Officer Bryan Hurst was shot and killed during the robbery of a bank on East Broad Street.

Officer Hurst was working special duty inside the bank when the suspect, upon seeing the officer, immediately began advancing on and firing at him.  Officer Hurst moved to a different position in the lobby in order to protect the bank’s employees and customers and returned fire, striking the suspect in the arm and hand.  Officer Hurst took cover behind the front counter, but the suspect leaned over the counter and fatally shot him just above the protective bulletproof vest that he was wearing, damaging several major vessels and severing his aorta.

Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Hurst was able to return fire and wound the suspect in the chest. The wound prevented the suspect from obtaining any money or injuring anyone else.

The suspect fled but was apprehended three days later. He was charged murder and three counts of bank robbery. He was convicted of murdering Officer Hurst with intent shot and subsequently sentenced to death sentence.

Officer Hurst was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Columbus Division of Police for eight years. He is survived by his wife and 6-month-old daughter.

  EOW:  Thursday, January 7th, 1926 – Patrolman William Sweinsberger

Patrolman William Sweinsberger, who entered the department February 11, 1903, was working his district January 7, 1926.  He had just left a patrol call box and started to cross the street at Livingston Avenue and 4th Street when he was struck and killed by an auto.  The identity of the hit skip motorist was never learned.

  EOW:  Monday, January 9th, 1939 – Patrolman Campbell K. Jenkins

Patrolman Campbell K. Jenkins entered the police department August 23, 1937, and died January 9, 1939.  Mystery still surrounds the death of Patrolman Jenkins who was found unconscious and badly injured on Cleveland Avenue near the Pennsylvania Railroad crossing shortly after midnight.  It was presumed that Patrolman Jenkins was crowded off the road by a motorist or crashed while chasing a speeder.  His badly damaged motorcycle was found nearby.  The officer died without regaining consciousness.

  EOW:  Sunday, January 18th, 1942 – Patrolman John M. McCullough

Patrolman John M. McCullough came into the department March 5, 1941, and lost his life January 18, 1942.  A member of the department only a short time, he was assigned to motorcycle duty and was apparently chasing a speeder at Neil and 4th Avenues at night when his cycle collided with an automobile. He died in University Hospital.

  EOW:  Saturday, January 19th, 1963 – Patrolman Richard E. Taylor

Patrolman Richard E. Taylor, 38, was the 30th officer killed in the line of duty. In the early morning hours of January 18, 1963, Officer Taylor, assigned to cruiser patrol, was in pursuit of a speeding motorist when his cruiser crashed into a stone wall on East Livingston Avenue.  Taylor suffered injuries from which he died the following day.

  EOW:  Thursday, January 20, 2011 – Police Officer Thomas Raymond Hayes

Officer Tom Hayes succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained 31 years earlier while attempting to arrest two teens on a curfew violation.

He had responded to a local convenience store after receiving reports of a disturbance by the two teens. The boys had been drinking, smoking marijuana and had taken LSD. As Officer Hayes attempted to arrest them a scuffle ensued in which one of the boys pulled out a handgun and shot him in the back. The wound caused him to become paralyzed below the waist.

Officer Hayes’ continued to suffer serious health issues as the result of the wound, including the amputation of one of his legs six years prior to his death.

In March 2011 Officer Hayes’ death was ruled a homicide by the Franklin County Coroner.

Despite his wounds and health issues, Officer Hayes continued to work as a civilian sketch artist for the Columbus Division of Police. Prior to being shot, he had served with the agency for seven years. He is survived by his wife.

  EOW:  Saturday, January 28, 1928 – Patrolman Leroy W. Wade

Patrolman Leroy Wade was shot and killed from ambush by a fellow officer who was under the mistaken belief that Officer Wade was having an affair with his wife.

The other officer called police headquarters and requested that Officer Wade assist him regarding an ongoing robbery investigation. When Patrolman Wade arrived at the location the officer confronted him and shot him in the abdomen.

The officer who shot him was charged with first-degree murder but was found not guilty due to mental insanity. He was subsequently committed to a state hospital.

Patrolman Wade was survived by one child.

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