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Police Officer running across the state

Posted: 8:52 AM, Jun 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-06 13:37:30Z

A police officer is on the run tonight. A 160-mile run across Michigan to support families of fallen officers, that is.

FOX 47's Marcus Dash caught up with him during a water break.

Matt Garbarino started his run yesterday at the Fallen Heroes Monument in Pontiac. He's carrying a thin blue line flag throughout his run. To bring awareness to law enforcement and to honor families of officers killed on duty. Garbarino is a marketing director who volunteers part-time with the Kent County Sheriff's Department. He said that gives him a taste of how much officers risk daily.

"I go to a job where I am sitting at a computer, I am safe, but you could do something as pulling somebody over for a broken tail light or ticket. You just don't know what's going to happen, and they have to face that every day, and it really opened my eyes that these people literally put their lives on the line every day," said Garbarino.

Garbarino expects to end his run Thursday at the protector's monument in West Olive, in Ottawa County. He's already surpassed his goal of raising five thousand dollars for the families of fallen officers.