FRESNO (CBSLA.com) — Two LAPD officers running from Sacramento to Los Angeles to honor fallen comrades were in Fresno Thursday as their 420-mile trek continues.
LAPD Olympic Division Senior Lead Officer Joe Cirrito and officer Kristina Tudor began their relay Sunday.
“You’re fatigued mentally and physically sucked dry and seeing guys coming on their own time and running with us, it’s a feeling you can’t describe,” Tudor told a CBS affiliate in Fresno.
“I’ve been training really hard every day. I’m out there running on my days off and on. I’m committed to this,” Cirrito said during his training in October.
They’re honoring police officers who have died in the line of duty and raising funds for their families left behind. It’s called Project Endure, and Cirrito and Tudor are enduring the grueling run in full duty uniform.
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They’re be carrying an extra 35 pounds, wearing their vests, utility belts, handgun, taser, full magazines and more. Before the run, Cirrito said the weight on their bodies doesn’t compare to the weight on their hearts, thinking about their fellow fallen officers.
“It’s gonna be a tough seven or eight days, but afterwards, I get to go home,” Cirrito said during training. “I get to go home to my family. That officer that paid the ultimate sacrifice doesn’t get to see the kids grow up,” he said.