PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)-- More than 1,000 people laced up their running shoes Sunday to honor Arizona officers killed in the line of duty.

The 15th annual Arizona Fallen Officer Memorial 5k took place at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix.

At this 5K run, every step is a tribute to a tremendous sacrifice.

“It’s hard then. It's hard now. I'll never enjoy going to the cemetery,” said Cathy Hobbs, who was there to honor her late husband John Hobbs. 

Exactly on this day five years ago, John Hobbs, a Phoenix police detective was killed in a shootout with a violent suspect.

“Just to have it fall on his end of watch it really is significant to see everybody out here,” Cathy Hobbs added. “It's just a big reminder that the community supports us. That our fallen are not forgotten.”

Country singer Dave Andrews wanted to honor officers after losing his brother, a sheriff's deputy in California.

“He picked the badge to be an officer,” he said. “And I've played country music, so I picked the guitar. So, I said, you know we're going to do a tribute to law enforcement.”

Arizona's Family anchor Nicole Crites emceed the event.

The event is also one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the non-profit Concerns of Police Survivors Arizona or C.O.P.S.

“We are survivors helping survivors. Yes, we are there for as long as a survivor needs us,” said Marie Dryer-Kircher , C.O.P.S. Arizona President.

Money from the race sends families to National Police Week and other events designed to help them heal.

With three Arizona officers killed last year and a fourth killed this January, there are a lot of new families who need support.


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