Memorial run for fallen officers


Felicity Tomisaka , Reporter

Saturday, Nov. 13th was the 33rd annual Kern County Memorial Police Walk from 8 a.m. to noon located at the River Walk.

The Bakersfield Police Department celebrated their 100th anniversary by giving out participant medals to everyone who participated in the 5k or 10k.

Andrea Pflugh first got involved by volunteering for the Bakersfield Police Department by being apart of the event staff that started the Canine Howlin’ at the Moon run 14 years ago and from there she started helping with the memorial run and has stayed with it ever since.

When asked why she stayed Pflugh said, “Because it’s a good cause. The cause for this event is we pay for the entire education, college education of the surviving children of police officers killed in the line of duty.

She also said, “This represents us supporting our law enforcement family when officers are killed in the line of duty, that family doesn’t just disappear, they become a part of the Bakersfield Police Department family forever. We want to honor the officer that was killed by making sure his children thrive and become successful adults.”

David Nelson was the first Bakersfield Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty in over 30 years.

About 600 runners were registered for the event. The Bakersfield Police Department handed out about 87 medals in total. Presenting the medals to the top three finishers depending on sex, age, and whether you participated in the 5k or the 10k run.

Pflugh also mentioned that they wouldn’t know how much money has been raised and that all of the money goes into a savings account in case of an unfortunate situation that they may need it someday. If anyone is interested in participating you can contact her at (661) 326-3519.