(SUN SAILOR STAFF PHOTOS BY Kristen Miller)
Wayzata Free Church of Plymouth hosted its inaugural Serve 5K June 23, a walk/run benefiting the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association in an effort to give back to the nonprofit organization for its financial and logistical support during the funeral of Wayzata Police officer Bill Mathews. The funeral was the most expensive in the organization’s history, due to the logistical needs and challenges of the site, explained Edina Police Sergeant Brian Hubbard of New Hope, who serves as vice president of the association. “Our focus is to honor fallen officers and surviving family members,” Hubbard said of LEMA. The event garnered 259 registrants and exceeded its goal of raising $25,000 for the volunteer-led organization that relies solely on donations. ABOVE: Hubbard thanked the crowd for their participation and donations. “What we want to do as LEMA is to make sure families and communities know we are going to be here to support those law enforcement families should something tragic happen,” Hubbard said. “That doesn’t happen inexpensively,” he said, therefore, $25,000 in donations is “unbelievable to us.” Also pictured are Boy Scouts from troops 3570 and 283 and Plymouth Police Officer Ryan Peterson, an avid cyclist who participates in Law Enforcement United’s Annual Memorial Bike Ride in Washington D.C.