by Allen Tomlin
Members of the Blue River Police Academy honored St. Joseph, Mo. fallen police officer Bradley T. Arn with a commemorative run in St. Joe on Nov. 10.
Every year for the past seven years, the Blue River Police Academy class has chosen a fallen officer to honor. Arn was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1998, leaving behind his wife and two twin daughters whom were only one year old at his time of death.
Michael Smith, a Blue River student who organized the run, told News-Press Now (St. Joseph) that he was “touched by the way Arn so unfortunately lost his life.” Smith, along with other cadets from Blue River Police Academy, held the four-mile run from St. Jo’s Riverfront Park to City Hall. At the two mile mark of the run, the cadets presented Arn’s widow and twin daughters with a commemorative plaque to honor their loss.
More than 200 participants attended the run, including around 40 from the Police and Fire Academy and officers from the St. Joseph Police Department.
“I am very proud of the event. It was moving for all in attendance,” said Mike Hendershot, Public Safety Institute director.
Instructor Don Shepard tells about the cadets’ tradition as a way “just to let them know that years go on, time goes on, people forget, but we never forget.”