National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run kicks off in Toronto

TORONTO – A total of 250 police officers from across Ontario are set to begin a three-day running journey from Toronto to Ottawa Thursday morning.

The 9th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run kicks off at Queen’s Park and will end at the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial on Parliament Hill on Sunday.

The 460-kilometre run brings awareness to the Canadian Peace and Police Officers Memorial Service and pays tribute to peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

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One of the participants this year is Toronto police Constable Andrew Rosbrook. He suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during Toronto’s Half Marathon five months ago.

Last May, Rosbrook was about to finish his race when he collapsed with no sign of breathing or heartbeat.

A fellow officer and an off-duty doctor managed to revive him with the help of a portable defibrillator.

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Take a look at the start of the run with Global Toronto reporter Marck Carcasole at the scene Thursday morning.

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