FRANKFORT, KY— One of Darke County’s very own law enforcement officers placed in the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Foundation Run to Remember 5K over the weekend.
Darke County Probation Officer, and retired Darke County Sheriff’s Deputy, Rick Genovesi, of Arcanum, placed third in the 50 to 59 age bracket at Saturday’s race.
The Run to Remember 5k pays tribute to the KSP’s fallen units that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Funds raised from the race will positively impact officer safety. In 2016, KSP determined the need for a 400 ft. by 600 ft. Driver Training Skills Pad to conduct driver training and low-speed vehicle techniques. KSP currently uses other agencies’ facilities, with some being located out-of-state.
The KSP foundation 5K is raising funds to build a dedicated Driver Skills Pad on the KSP Academy grounds. The facility will be used in day-to-day in-service training, cadet vehicle training and mandated vehicle driving training. Currently, 47% of all KSP line-of-duty deaths stemmed from vehicle-related collisions.
With the Darke County Sheriff Mark Whittaker’s blessing, Genovesi represented the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at the race on Saturday.
“It was an honor to represent the Sheriff’s Office I retired from to help raise money for the KY State Police Foundation,” Genovesi said. “I was fortunate enough to finish third in my age group.”
He added that all the runners were there for the same reason — to pay tribute to the state policeman who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice for public safety.
“The camaraderie amongst the runners was amazing,” he said.
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