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Thursday, Oct 24 2013 12:38 PM

'First Look': Run for a cause at BPD Memorial Run

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    BPD Detective Rick Dossey, left, and Sgt. Dennis Eddy talk about the Nov. 2 Bakersfield Police Memorial Run on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Bakersfield Police Sgt. Dennis Eddy returned to duty in December 2008, the same year he was shot and lost part of his right leg.

"Initially it was a minor wound but then we realized that the bullet had hit an artery in my leg so it turned into a serious problem," Eddy recounted Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

On Nov. 2, he will run in the BPD's 31st Annual Memorial Run at The Park at River Walk with other officers and community members.

The evening run -- starting at 5:30 p.m. -- is to raise scholarship money for fallen officers' children. There have been two fallen officers, Patrick Don Vegas in 1980 and William L. Sikola in 1983.

BPD Detective Rick Dossey, the chairman of the planning committee, said they have already put the children of those two fallen officers through college.

"It helps them with tuition, books, housing, anything to help them get their degree," Dossey said. "We try to help them out to be productive in life."

Check-in time is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Park at River Walk. The 2K run starts after the opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Immediately following is the 5K and 10K run.

T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 runners who pre-register for $25 before Oct. 30. Race day entry fee is $30.

Entry forms can be downloaded at www.bakersfieldcity.us/police.


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