Cape Coral Resident Runs Boston Marathon for Fallen Officer
May 15, 2018 01:06PM ● Published by Kevin
Al Rich after completing the 2018 Boston Marathon.
Rich ran in this year’s Boston Marathon - the full 26.2 miles - as part of the #SimmondsStrong team organized by Nicole Simmonds, the sister of the fallen officer. Nicole established a scholarship in the name of her brother at Lasell College near Boston.
Rich spent 10 years working in law enforcement before he became a financial advisor, so the story was especially heartfelt.
“Everyone who puts on that badge or works in a department becomes part of a family,” Rich said in the release. “We never forget when an officer gives their life in the service of others. Never.”
Simmonds suffered a head injury during a shootout with the Boston bombing suspects in nearby Watertown. A year later, just days before he was to receive a National Association of Police Organizations Top Cop Award, he died from a brain aneurysm that was linked to his initial injury.
“The pain that the Simmonds family has gone through is unimaginable,” Rich said. “I simply couldn’t pass up this opportunity to help him get the recognition he deserves.”
Rich began training for the marathon late last year, overcoming persistent knee soreness to gradually build up from the shorter runs of 3-4 miles he usually takes. He’s rumbled over bridges in an effort to mimic the challenge of “Heartbreak Hill,” a notorious incline roughly 20 miles into the Boston Marathon route.