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Running for a good cause

Starting last year, the Brad Arn Memorial Run, which is organized by the Arn family, has become an annual event. The five kilometer run took place earlier this year on Sept. 19, in Savannah, Missouri, and was set up by twins Molleigh and Malloree Arn.

The event is in honor of Brad Arn and all the other fallen officers who have a memorial stone in Civic Center Park here in St. Joseph.

“The event started because we wanted to raise money for the Civic Center Park,” Molleigh said. “We are not only honoring our father, but all the others who have died and have their name in the park.”

All the money raised is donated to the Fraternal Order of Police law enforcement memorial fund. The money is then used to maintain the memorial where 18 law enforcement officers, including Brad Arn, are remembered.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers.

Vice President of the state FOP Mike Hardin says that the local FOP is made up of members of 12 law enforcement agencies, spanning multiple counties that cover all of Northwest Missouri. Every officer at Western is also a member.

The total amount of money raised this year is still unknown, but last year around $6,000 was raised thanks to the work of the Arn family and several volunteers.

“We had a lot of police officers from surrounding areas come out this year,” Malloree said. “We also had our sorority sisters there.”

Both Molleigh and Malloree are freshmen who joined the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority earlier this year.

The run was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and spanned a three mile course throughout Savannah-by the cemetery where Arn is buried- and concluded back at Messick Park.

A lot of advertising went into getting the word out about the event. Among the forms of advertising were a Facebook page, news feature, appearing on 97.1 the Veil (the Cameron, Missouri radio station) and a lot of flyers. It was also featured on the “Running in the USA” website, www.runningintheusa.com.

“Running in the USA is a site where you can see all the 5ks,” Malloree said. “Pick a state, pick a time to run and see what races there are.”

Preparation for next year is already under way. Now that the Arn twins have the experience of planning an important philanthropy, future planning should be a walk in the park.

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