Fallen officers remembered
TAMPA – Thousands of Bay Area residents remembered fallen officers killed in the line of duty as the 16th annual Tampa Police Memorial Run went through the streets of downtown Saturday morning.
The lines formed bright and early. A sea of runners hit the pavement to remember fallen Tampa police officers.
Sandy Kocab and Cindy Warren’s lives changed forever on June 29. That was the day their sons, Officers Jeff Kocab and his partner Dave Curtis, were killed during what started out as a routine traffic stop in east Tampa.
“On Wednesday we went to Jeff’s grave site, which was really hard. But then we went to the spot where they were shot down and that was very emotional,” said Sandy Kocab. “But we need to do that. We need to start healing. It will never replace our boys.”
Curtis and Kocab are the latest names etched into the police memorial. A total of 31 Tampa officers have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, a record number of people signed up for the memorial run — nearly 2,700. That’s more than triple the amount from last year.
The turnout was so large, organizers ran out of event T-shirts. It was the ultimate show of support.
Money raised during the run goes to a scholarship fund to help the families of the fallen officers