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LSCO Sargent running 390 miles for families of fallen law enforcement

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Posted at 7:10 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 07:10:52-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- You may have done a 5K or marathon, but what about running across the state?

Sergeant Sammy Gonzalez with the Lee County Sheriff's Office will do just that, running 390 miles from here to Tallahassee to hand-deliver a check.

The money is going to "Concerns of Police Survivors," or COPS, a charity for families of fallen law enforcement officers.

Sgt. Gonzalez said losses like this are something he's unfortunately familiar with.

“I have seen friends killed in the line of duty, so I do know what is it like for friends and families to have to deal with the loss,” said Sgt. Gonzalez.

“When someone's running, and they're pushing themselves and they're feeling that tiredness and pain, they kind of relate to whatever the cause they're running for.”

Sargent Gonzalez of course won't cover all 390 miles in one day.
Instead, he'll do it in a week, covering between 38 and 50 miles each day on his run to the Fallen Officer Memorial in the state capitol.

He'll start from the sheriff's office headquarters on Six Mile Cypress on April 19.

If you want to cheer him on, you can see where he’ll be stopping every night right here.