A memorial was created to for first responders and their families at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. A ceremony and blessing of the monument was held at the cemetery. Tina MacIntyre-Yee
A new 5k race in Webster was created to support local first responders with PTSD.
The race starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Webster Fireman's field.
The First Responders 5K sponsored by Harris Corp. will recognize police, firefighters, EMTs and their families for putting their lives on the line and facing hardships, according to a statement.
The event seeks to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and raise funds to create a local charity to "provide support, awareness, assets, and services to first responders seeking assistance in dealing with the effects of PTSD," according to YellowJacket Racing and Fleet Feet.
YellowJacket Racing and Fleet Feet Co-Owner David Boutillier had the idea to start a first responders race for years after watching his brother, a firefighter, and saw how the job could take a toll on men and women.
"Recognizing there isn’t currently a support system for PTSD, for local first responders, seemed paramount for this event to create," according to Boutillier.
The race is open to the public to run or walk and first responders will have a discounted rate and special bibs. They're also invited to race in their full gear.
At the race, a new foundation and its board members will be announced.
Harris Corp. will sponsor this race and the VeteRun 5K on Nov. 12.
Harris, a communications, electronic, space and intelligence systems company, supplies local first responders and the U.S. military with radios and tools.
The corporation is proud to support the two events and salutes the tireless commitment to advancing social and helping those in need, according to Chris Young, president of Harris Communications Systems.