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Run organized to honor slain police chief

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- What started as an opportunity for police officers to blow off some steam and honor slain Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, has blossomed into an event bringing people together to pay tribute to a fallen hero.

Chief Michael Maloney was shot and killed on April 12th while executing a search warrant.  Four other officers were also shot that evening by Cullen Murtie, who was suspected of selling drugs and being a felon in possession of guns.  Mutrie killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.

Portsmouth Police Officer Bob Lukacz sent an e-mail out looking to see if anyone would be interested in joining him in a run to honor Chief Maloney, never thinking more than a thousand people would want to make the 5.6 mile trek with him.

Lukacz had planned to run from Portsmouth Police Department to Greenland's as a way to get together with fellow officers still shaken by the tragedy, but now will be joined by many more people seeking a way to show their support and express their sadness.

The event was pushed back a week to help organizers handle the crush of interest, and will now take place Sunday April 29th.  The Chief Michael Maloney Charity Run/Walk will start at 10am at the Portsmouth Police Department and make its way to the Greenland Police Department.

Because there has been so much interest, organizers are asking folks interested in participating to register on-line before the event.  Registration costs $25 and all proceeds from the run will go to the Michael Maloney Family Trust.


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