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Cleveland Heroes Run event in West Park honors fallen police, firefighters

A memorial stands in Cleveland's West Park neighborhood to honor those killed in the line of duty. Sadly, the space designated for names has run out.

CLEVELAND — The 21st annual Cleveland Heroes Run took place this past weekend in West Park to honor the police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

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A memorial stands in the Cleveland neighborhood with the names of those heroes who have died since Cleveland police officer Wayne Leon died in June of 2000. Since his death, the memorial has stood as a reminder of the sacrifices made to protect the community.

Names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and sadly, a growing list in recent years. Space for additional names on the police memorial has now run out.

Wayne Leon's wife Grace was at the event. She tells 3News about her continued effort to continue the legacy of her late husband, and how the Cleveland Heroes Run helps family members of fallen officers and firefighters continue to greave together, "These moments are important. You feel the love and support of the remembrance in the community."

3News spoke to Liz Dillon at the event, she shared how important the event is for her and everyone in attendance, "Well  I know why I am running. I'm running it cause we have lost friends and it's a great community event and knowing the support is out there."

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