Runner on final day of awareness run

Becky Vargo • Jun 7, 2018 at 11:23 AM

A Byron Center man running across Michigan to raise awareness for fallen police officers is running west on Leonard Street toward his final destination – the Fallen Officers Memorial at the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Matt Garbarino is a volunteer reserve deputy for the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

You can track his status here:


Garbarino is running from Pontiac to Ottawa County in four days, running 40 miles per day while carrying a “Thin Blue Line” American flag. Garbarino’s goal is to raise awareness of the more than 580 Michigan law enforcement officers that have fallen in the line of duty.

Throughout his journey, Garbarino hopes to meet with the families of fallen officers, as well as raise money for the Michigan chapter of the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) charity. So far, he has raised more than $5,000 for the charity.

For those interested in donating to C.O.P.S. and Garbarino’s efforts, visit his GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/mirun.  

As of 11:20 a.m. Thursday, Garbarino was on Leonard Street approaching Collindale Avenue NW.

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