Updated 08/07/2012 11:07 AM
Copapalooza Event Raises Money for Police Families
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The Badge of Honor Association will host an event this weekend at Cobbs Hill Park. The Copapalooza event will raise money for families of officers who were killed in the line of duty in Western New York. It also raises money for other local charities.
This is the sixth year of Copapalooza. Several of the events are open to the public, including the Police Chase 5K Race. Participants have the choice to run on their own or handcuffed to someone else. Organizers are hoping to get more than 500 runners to sign up.
The proceeds from the event will go to the Badge of Honor Association and the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
"Most officers are the bread winners in the family so when they go down, it's a pretty traumatic event. They leave behind kids, wives, or sometimes wives leave husbands because there have been some female officers who have been killed. We have to look out for them. It's a tough time. We come together as a family to support each other," said Carlos Alvarado, Rochester Police Department.
There will also be boxing matches this year, putting officers up against other officers. The headlining fight will feature Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, who will take on Rochester Police Department Lieutenant Scott Peters.