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 June We Remember The Following CPD Fallen Heroes:

(Complements of Officer Down Memorial Page CPD Webpage)


Richard Fickeisen:  EOW – Monday, June 1st, 1987

Patrolman Richard Fickeisen was a nineteen-year Division veteran when he was shot in the back on the morning of July 11, 1974.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. that morning, Officer Fickeisen arrived at 413 N. Virginia Lee Road to serve a warrant.  He parked his cruiser and entered the building.  When no one answered the door at the apartment named on the warrant, Officer Fickeisen exited the building and headed back to his cruiser.  As he passed a man on the sidewalk, the man suddenly drew a revolver and fired, hitting Officer Fickeisen in the spine with a .38 caliber bullet.

Officer Fickeisen was paralyzed from the waist down.  He underwent numerous operations and suffered ongoing medical problems until he died in 1987 as a direct result of his injuries.

Sergeant Dale McCann:  EOW – Friday, June 7th, 1974

Sergeant McCann suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit of several fleeing suspects. After chasing the vehicle the suspects fled on foot with Sergeant McCann in pursuit. He had caught one of the suspects and as he handcuffed him he suffered the heart attack.

Sergeant McCann had been with the agency for 19 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Patrolman Daniel Davis:  EOW – June 7th, 1905

As night headquarters patrolman, Daniel received a call that prowlers were burglarizing a home on East Broad Street. Responding to the summons, he was shot by one of the intruders and died in the patrol wagon en route to St. Francis Hospital.

Frank Caster, Flint, Michigan, one of the burglars who escaped by leaping from the roof of the home, injured his ankle and was captured by another policeman with Davis and was later convicted of murder. He was electrocuted in the Ohio Penitentiary.

Patrolman Davis had been with the agency for nine years. He was survived by his wife.

Patrolman Frank Ward:  EOW – Friday, June 9th, 1911

Patrolman Frank P. Ward came on the Police Force May 8, 1911 and just one month later on June 9, after being made a full fledged patrolman, was shot and killed by one Charles Glass on Lehman Street.

With another officer, Patrolman Ward had gone to the Glass home on a complaint of a fight in which Glass was threatening a relative with a shotgun. Glass shot Officer Ward in the head with a blast from the gun, and as the patrolman went down, he fired, wounding his murderer in the hip.

Patrolman Joseph Lavendar:  EOW – Thursday, June 26th, 1913

Patrolman Joseph Lavender He was struck from behind by a streetcar at Broad and Mitchell Streets and pushed in front of the car for 20 feet. He suffered a crushed chest and head injuries and died without regaining consciousness a few minutes after he was taken to Mt. Carmel Hospital.

He had served with the agency for only two months.


Patrolman Thomas Day:  EOW – Tuesday, July 7th, 1931

Patrolman Thomas Day was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Patrolman Day apprehended a suspect and at that time the practice was to have the suspect drive the police car to headquarters while the officer guarded him. This particular suspect, by intent or inability, was unable to handle the vehicle and careened wildly into a utility pole. Patrolman Day was killed. It is not known what became of the suspect.

Patrolman Day had been with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his wife and children.

Police Officer Keith Lee Evans:  EOW – Sunday, July 9th, 1995

Officer Evans died from injuries sustained on July 3rd while directing traffic for 4th of July celebrations. A drunk motorist that Officer Evans had stopped at an intersection became irate and attempted to drive through. Officer Evans attempted to stop him by reaching into the car to turn off the ignition. The motorist dragged Officer Evans several feet before he fell off of the car and struck his head on the pavement. The suspect was arrested a short time later and served six months of jail time for Officer Evans’ death.

Officer Evans had been with his department for 25 years and was due to retire in less than a year.

Patrolman Ross Porter:  EOW – Monday, July 23rd, 1934

Patrolman Ross Porter entered the department March 27, 1922.  On May 23, 1934, while making an emergency run, the car in which he and Patrolman Uhlan Boystel were riding collided with another auto and then struck a building.  Patrolman Porter died in St. Francis Hospital exactly two months later of injuries received in the crash.  Officer Boystel was not injured in the accident.He had been with the agency for 12 years.

Officer Daniel Alfred Redding:  EOW – Tuesday, July 27th, 1965

Officer Daniel Redding succumbed to an infection which set in after injuring his leg while chasing a burglary suspect four years earlier. During the pursuit he cut his leg on a fence and had to seek medical treatment. Officer Redding required 27 surgeries to his leg before succumbing to the infections.

Officer Redding had been with the agency for 10 years.

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