On the 2nd Saturday of October, every year the Chicago Marathon takes place. It attracts runners from the four corners of the earth. Usually about 50K or so. One of the runners in this years marathon was Officer James Mendoza. A Chicago cop who decided to run the 26.2 miles in full gear. Think…carrying three bowling balls.
The Officer had his duty belt consisting of the usual gun, cuffs, radio, extra magazine’s, camera and the ever present bullet resistant vest. This adds somewhere around 30 pounds to the mix.
Officer Mendoza is said to be an “avid” runner and a veteran of the US Navy (Can You Say SEAL). He undertook the mission to show others that cops are just like all the other runners….(I’m getting winded just writing this). He and several others raised over $160K for the Chicago Police Memorial Fund. The fund is used to help the families of fallen Officers. Damn good cause! Damn fine Police Officer too, the citizens of Chicago should be proud…not the bad guys, they’re not so proud. Carry On!
BUCKLE UP, WEAR YOUR VEST, TURN ON YOUR CAMERA, STAY SAFE and deadly if you must