Culver-Stockton criminal justice students to honor fallen officers at annual event on April 1

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Pictured are current "In the Line of Duty" students, a course that honors law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. | Photo courtesy of Culver-Stockton College

CANTON, Mo. — Culver-Stockton College criminal justice students are honoring fallen heroes for the sixth consecutive year with their Fallen Officer Project, culminating with a memorial walk on Saturday, April 1 in the Mabee Center Gymnasium from 9-11 a.m.

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://p2p.onecause.com/fallenofficerproject2023.

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 a professional. Senior lecturer Seth McBride teaches the course, and he said the objective is to recognize the fallen heroes who have made the utmost sacrifice.

In a press release, McBride said, “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. We are asking college students to create connections with someone who has tragically lost a loved one. These difficult conversations and the relationships that result from it will prepare the minds of our students for the trajectory of their career.”

Any money raised or donations received during the walk will benefit Supporting Heroes, Inc., and Who’s House Our House organizations. Supporting Heroes, Inc. is focused on serving family members of fallen first responders to create relationships amid tragedy, and WHOH promotes community policing initiatives with inner-city youth.

For more information regarding the Fallen Officer Project, contact McBride at smcbride@culver.edu.

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