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Offbeat Man runs across entire state of Michigan to raise money for fallen officers

07:55  11 june  2018
07:55  11 june  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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- A volunteer sheriff's deputy from Ottawa County ran across Michigan while raising money for MI -COPS, Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors. Along the way, he met with families of fallen officers and also stopped by monuments.

Related: See more photos at the “ Run Across Michigan ” gallery. Garbarino carried Nehasil's coin and other mementos from fallen officers ' families across the finish line before being tended to by the American Red "Hopefully, I've been able to raise awareness for something much bigger than me."

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A volunteer sheriff's deputy from Kent County, Michigan, ran across the entire state last week to raise money for a cause that hits close to home.

Matt Garbarino began his 160-mile run on June 4. He started at the Fallen Heroes Monument in Oakland County, running west to the Protectors Monument in West Olive, WXMI reports. He completed the long trek in just four days, reaching his final destination on Thursday.

Garbarino announced his plans for the run in January. His goal was to support the Concern of Police Survivors, a charity that raises funds for families of fallen officers. Garbarino started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money and awareness for the Michigan Chapter of Concern for Police Officers, or MI C.O.P.

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GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — A reserve deputy plans to run across Michigan to honor the state ’s fallen officers . Garbarino will begin the 160-mile trek June 4 to raise money for the Concern of Police Survivors charity that supports the families of fallen officers .

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"My name is Matt Garbarino and I in live in Byron Center, MI... I have served as a volunteer deputy with the Kent County Sheriff Office's Traffic Squad unit since 2010," he wrote on the GoFundMe page. "My hope that this run will help raise money and awareness for fallen and active law enforcement and inspire others to give."

Garbarino says he "enjoys marathons, triathlons, weight lifting and all-around training," so doing this long run was something he was drawn to. He also felt a connection to the charity. He says over 580 Michigan law enforcement officer have been killed in the line of duty, and as a volunteer officer, he wanted to stand in solidarity with their families, WOOD-TV reports.

Last week, after months of training, he not only ran across the entire state, but he carried a Thin Blue Line Flag with him, representing fallen officers and honors those who have died in the line of duty. Along the way, he also met with the families of several fallen officers.

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(AP) — A reserve deputy plans to run across Michigan to honor the state 's fallen officers . Garbarino will begin the 160-mile trek June 4 to raise money for the Concern of Police Survivors charity that supports the families of fallen officers .

RELATED. Reserve deputy to run across MI for fallen officers . He raised ,960 through his run , beating his ,000 goal. The money will go to Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors, which supports the families of fallen officers .

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