The Valley Runs to Honor Fallen Police Officers

The Valley Runs to Honor Fallen Police Officers

Martín Di Felice

Palm Springs, CA

It was a sea of blue during the third annual "Running from the Law 5K" at the Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs.

The Palm Springs Police Association hosted the run, but this was not the typical 5K race. 

The runners did not care about winning, instead they were there to show support to the families of fallen police officers. Joe Cook, president of the association said money from the race goes into their memorial fund. 

The run was founded shortly after the death of two of Palm Springs police officers, Leslie Zerebny and Gil Vega. Both died in October 2016, while they responded to a disturbance call at a home in the 2700 block of Cypress Avenue.

Saturday’s run happened just a day after Congressman Raul Ruiz announced new legislation to increase benefits for the families of fallen police officers and first responders. The House Bill is named after the two Palm Springs officers, "Heroes Leslie Zerebny and Gilbert Vega First Responders Survivor Support Act".