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Deputy plans to run across Michigan to honor fallen officers

There have been nearly 600 line of duty deaths in Michigan.
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Kent County Sheriff's Department Traffic Squad Reserve Deputy Matt Garbarino.

For the second time, Reserve Deputy Matt Garbarino from the Kent County Sheriff's Office plans to run across the state of Michigan. 

Garbarino achieved his goal for the first time in 2018 as a way to honor the men and women who have been killed in the line of duty. 

The initiative is called Run Across Michigan—RAM—and Garbarino will be escorted by the Kent County Sheriff's Office and other police agencies as he runs through their districts. 

Garbarino will start in Detroit on June 7 and finish four days later at the Berrien County Law Enforcement Memorial, carrying a thin blue line flag during the entire journey. 

“The run in 2018 exceeded my expectations for both fundraising and raising awareness,” said Garbarino. “The run brought so much support to law enforcement that I felt the mission and run needed to continue through different communities.” 

Since Michigan started keeping records, there have been nearly 600 line of duty deaths.

Fundraising efforts will go towards Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors (MI-COPS), which is a charity that provides resources to help families of law enforcement killed in the line of duty. 

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