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

SAVE THE DATE!  

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 🙂

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 November We Remember The Following CPD Fallen Heroes:

(Complements of Officer Down Memorial Page CPD Webpage)

Lieutenant Allen Fraley:  EOW – Friday, November 6th, 1964

Lieutenant Allen Fraley was shot and killed while confronting a rape suspect.

When Lieutenant Fraley and his partner arrived at the apartment of the suspect, a woman opened the door and the officers identified themselves, asking if the suspect was there. The woman opened the door wide, stepped out of the way and the suspect shot Lieutenant Fraley in the abdomen. Lieutenant Fraley’s partner, Officer Bankert, broke into the room but the suspect escaped by leaping out of the window.

Lieutenant Fraley was taken to University Hospital as a massive manhunt was organized; despite the efforts of the hospital staff and the many persons who responded to a call for blood donations, Lieutenant Fraley died at 11:50 p.m.

The suspect was captured in front of 82 Price Avenue.

The suspect plead an insanity defense, but was convicted and sentenced to death. After a round of appeals, the Ohio Supreme Court set an execution date of June 6, 1967. On or about June 2, 1967, the suspects execution was stayed for another appeal. At some point, the suspect’s sentence was commuted to life in prison. The suspect continued to seek a new trial and parole for many years until he died in prison.

Lieutenant Fraley had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 14 years and had previously served with the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Patrolman James Ballard:  EOW – Monday, November  9th, 1914

Patrolman James Ballard was shot and killed while responding to a burglary in progress at a tavern at the intersection of Oak Street and Parsons Avenue. The suspect escaped with an accomplice but both were apprehended 48 hours later. The shooter was sentenced to death and the accomplice was sentenced to life.

On July 15, 1915, the shooter’s death sentence was commuted to life. On July 25, 1932, he was pardoned by Governor George White because he was in imminent danger of death. He died from heart disease five days later.

Patrolman Ballard was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish American War and had served with the Columbus Division of Police for one year.

Detective William O’Rouke:  EOW – Saturday, November 24th, 1917

Detective O’Rourke was shot and killed while working a pawnshop detail. The suspect was apprehended and executed in the electric chair.

Detective O’Rourke had served with the agency for 29 years.

Patrolman Granston P. Koehler:  EOW – Tuesday, November 28th, 1922

Patrolman Koehler was shot and killed and his partner was wounded in a gun battle with four men whom the officers had pulled over in a stolen car. Less than 24 hours later, police had shot and killed one suspect and captured two others. The fourth suspect was apprehended in Cleveland the next day.

The suspect who killed Patrolman Koehler was convicted of his murder and was executed in the electric chair on April 13, 1923. The other two were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. One was pardoned by Governor Frank Lausche January 26, 1955. The other suspect was allowed to go to work outside the prison on August 30, 1952. He never returned. At the time of the other suspects pardon he had not been recaptured.

Patrolman Koehler had served with the agency for 9 years.

Patrolman John Sears:  EOW – Monday, November 30th, 1936

Patrolman John Sears fell to his death from a building during a search warrant. The incident happened as he attempted to force entry to the building.

The building was the same location that Patrolman Sears’ partner was shot and killed in the line of duty the previous year.

Patrolman Sears had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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