By Anthony Saude
On February 1, eighteen years ago, Chino Police Officer Russ Miller, was killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver. However, his fellow officers have not forgotten him. Every year since his tragic passing the Chino Police Officers Foundation has remained committed to keeping his memory alive by hosting their annual “Run for Russ”, a 5K Run and Community Walk. More than 1000 attendees are expected to participate in this year’s race which will be held on Saturday, February 3.
Lt Keith Bussard, a 25 year CPD veteran who came up through the ranks at roughly the same time that Officer Miller did, thinks it is remarkable how important it is that the community still shows their support for this event so many years later. When asked about the community’s continued support, Bussard said “It speaks to how important Russ Miller was to the Chino Police Department, the residents and the community here in the city of Chino.”
The entrance fee for participants who register early is $25. All proceeds from the event go toward the Russ Miller Memorial Foundation. The foundation provides sponsorships to the local youth that allow them to participate in positive recreational activities within the community that they would otherwise not be able to participate in. Last year’s event raised over $15,000 for the foundation. A CPD employee, who knew Officer Miller during his time on the force, stated that “Russ was very active in the community and his life while he was with the department and he was an avid sports fan,”
This year’s event will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, February 3 and will begin at the Chino Civic Center on the corner of Chino and Central Avenues. To participate, register online at: http://racewire.com/register.php?id=3561. Same Day Registration will also be available on the day of the event. For additional information and Registration Forms, please visit the Run for Russ 5K page at http://www.chinopoa.org page or call 909-334-3062. This is a great community event which includes a pancake breakfast by the Chino Kiwanis Club. Everyone is invited to participate. So bring your family and friends out and show your support for the community by participating in this year’s event. It will be a lot of fun and we hope to see you there.