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Local officers honor fallen colleagues

• SCV home to 25 miles of Memorial Torch Relay Run

Posted: May 25, 2008 1:19 a.m.
Updated: July 26, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Sgt. Byron Wainie of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station runs during the 31st Annual Memorial Torch Run Relay on Saturday. The three-day event, held across Los Angeles County, honors peace officers who lost their lives while on duty.

 

Nearly 50 local law enforcement members and supporters took part in the 31st Annual Memorial Torch Run Relay Saturday evening to honor Los Angeles County peace officers who lost their lives while on duty.

The event, held every Memorial Day weekend, was part of a three-day relay that takes place all over Los Angeles County and involves every sheriff's station.

The memorial run, which began in Monterey Park at the Sheriff's Headquarters building, is set to end today at the Altadena Sheriff's Station.

As a whole, the run covers 315 miles and includes 56 legs.

The Santa Clarita Valley was home to 25 miles of the relay, which was spread across five legs. After running their portion of the relay, participants made stops at various locations, including the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and a spot on Sierra Highway. Runners also spent a moment at Jake Kuredjian Park in Stevenson Ranch to give respects to the fallen deputy for which the park was named.

At Leg #36 at The Old Road and Pico Canyon Road, a handful of participants were warming up and stretching before the team of 40 from the North County Correctional Facility brought the glowing torch to the group.

Sgt. Byron Wainie of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station was getting ready for an evening jog with his wife, Karen, and 8-year-old son Brent.

Wainie has participated in the relay for several years. It has a special meaning for him because he met his wife during the 1996 torch run.

Sgt. Gregg Lewison of the local sheriff's station, who was on his bike during the event, has been involved in the run for a few years and decided to participate as a way to "support fellow officers."

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