Culver-Stockton criminal justice students to honor fallen heroes at April 6 event

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CANTON, Mo. — Culver-Stockton College criminal justice students will honor fallen heroes for the seventh consecutive year during its Fallen Officer Project, culminating with a memorial walk to be held in the Mabee Center Gymnasium from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6.

Participants can walk while paying tribute to law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The cost to participate is $25 in-person or $30 virtually. Registration for both can be completed online at https://bit.ly/cscfallenofficer24.

Participants who register before midnight on March 20 will receive a T-shirt on the day of the event.

Money raised or donations received during the walk will benefit Supporting Heroes, Inc. and Whose House Our House (WHOH).

Supporting Heroes, Inc. is focused on serving family members of fallen first responders to create relationships amid tragedy. WHOH promotes community policing initiatives with inner-city youth.

Senior lecturer Seth McBride said this year’s event will recognize fallen law enforcement officers, fallen firefighters and people who are permanently disabled because of their public safety career. Students honoring law enforcement officers will wear a blue logo, and those honoring firefighters will wear a red logo.

The walk is a culmination of the 12-week course entitled “In the Line of Duty,” which teaches students historical, emotional and interpersonal skills to understand further the commitment first responders make when taking an oath as professionals. McBride teaches the course, and he said the objective is to recognize the fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“The content covered in this course, and the conversations that take place throughout the 12-week semester, will push students outside of their comfort zone,” McBride said. “We are asking college students to create connections with someone who has tragically lost a loved one in the line of duty. These difficult conversations and the relationships that result from them will prepare the minds of our students for the trajectory of their career.”

For more information regarding the project, contact McBride at smcbride@culver.edu.

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