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San Angelo holds "run with the heroes"

Operation Blue Shield 5K

San Angelo, TX - The  "Run with the Heroes" 5K and Family Mile is an Operation Blue Shield event which welcomed San Angelo residents to come out and mingle with first responders. KLST and KSAN News spoke with Operation Blue Shield CEO and founder Toni Brinker and others who said why this is such an important  event to the community.

"We've got a 5k race today and we are going to bring all the community out so they can see that first responders are no different than anyone else," Brinker said. "We want to bring first responders and the community together."

Lt. Ed Kading with the San Angelo Police Department was very enthusiastic for the festivities. "This event is great," Kading said. "You know sometimes we don't always get to see people on their best day, in law enforcement and fire. But this is a way that we can come out, share some time with people, talk about what we do – to be able to come out and connect with the kids, if they understand that they can come up to us and talk to us and we're here to help."

In addition to members of the local police and fire departments, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Tom Green County Sheriff, those participating in the 5K also shared their thoughts on why this is such a positive event and an important cause to support.

Kai Billings, a 5K participant said, "for these events I think it's pretty significant that people go out and do this stuff, not only to support those that really put their lives on the line to help them, but also just general health and welfare."

Another race runner, Brianna Simpson, said, "[it's important to] take these opportunities to appreciate them, and really give back to those people who have been out protecting us. Whatever we can do to take care of them and their families too."

The 5K closed out just as San Angelo's 6th annual River Fest kicked off despite the rain. The first to finish the 5K event was Stephen Shields, 28, who turned in an eighteen minutes, thirty-six seconds time.

Among those to run in the event was San Angelo PD's own Chief Carter, who ran the event in full uniform. Additionally, KSAN News's Isabel Albritton ran her first 5K with this event.

For more information on Operation Blue Shield, the Dallas based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, you can visit their website.

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