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NYPD 5K Memorial Run

Sunday, July 14, 2002 was the day of the first annual NYPD 5K Memorial Run.  The event was organized by the NYPD Runners Club www.nypdrunningclub.com . At exactly 10:13 AM, the race started from Liberty Street and West Street north and back for a distance of five kilometers (3.1 miles)

Left to right:
Detective Tom Lowney, lst Dep George Grasso, PC Ray Kelly, Lieutenant Tony Giorgio, DI Kevin Perham, Sergeant Tom Biggers

500 runners participated in this first inaugural event.  What made this a special event was the location and the fact that the Survivors of the Shield (SOS) would receive a donation from the proceeds.  Sergeants Tom Biggers and Tom Lowney, with PO Timothy O’Neill, NYPD and members of the club selected Liberty and West because of the proximity of the NYPD Memorial Wall located in Battery Park City.  The names of the 23 members of the NYPD who perished on September 11th, 2001 have not yet been inscribed on the wall. Their names will be added to the over 500 others names of members of the NYPD who died in the line of duty over the years.

NYPD Chaplain Reverend Robert J. Romano conducted a prayer service at the NYPD Memorial Wall prior to the start of the run.

Rev Robert Romano with Police Commissioner Kelly

Sue McCormack, President of the Survivors of the Shield, and Lorraine Shanley, Treasurer, attended the race and cheered on the runners.

L. Lorraine Shanley and Sue McCormack, Survivors of the Shield

Left to right:
Tom Biggers, Sue McCormack with her grandnephew James Travis, age 7, PC Ray Kelly, Lorraine Shanley, Tom Lowney

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly showed his enthusiastic support and watched as First Deputy Commissioner George Grasso waited anxiously for the start of the race.

Ray Kelly and George Grasso

It was gratifying to see PO Grace DePompo, a member of the NYPD was a winner.

Grace DePompo first place- female finishers

For the final race results go to this website:


PO Chuck Ditrani, 120th Precinct took time to say hello before he ran in the race.

PO Chuck Ditrani, 120 Pct

    The Boss with Biggers and Lowney         Tim O’Neill, Tom Biggers and Tom Lowney

For the final race results go to this website:


A donation of $10,000 was given to the Survivors of the Shield Organization.


See you next year!


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