Heider said C.O.P.S. is a great organization and he was glad to help raise money for it, as it provides a valuable service for families struggling with loss.
"We are all part of it," he said.
It is unfortunate when C.O.P.S. services are needed, he said, but it is nice to know they are there for law enforcement agencies to take advantage.
The 5K was the second of its kind and started and finished at the Police Officers Memorial near the Empire State Plaza Officers Memorial Located near the Empire State Plaza
"Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high," according to information from the organization's Web site.
Organized in 1984, there a now 15,000 families who are affiliated with the group. Its members are the spouses, children, significant others, co-workers and siblings of the fallen officers and is governed by a national board of survivors.