Run Raises Money, Honors Fallen Deputy


POSTED: Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 8:22pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 8:33pm

EL PASO - Runners woke up early Sunday to take part in the 6th Annual Sergeant Ruben Orozco Law Enforcement 8k Torch Run and 2-mile Walk.

The race raises money for the Special Olympics, and it's named after an El Paso County Sheriff's Sergeant killed in the line of duty.

Six years ago, the wheel of a pick-up truck driving on I-10 broke off and flew into Sergeant Ruben Orozco's police cruiser. He died from the injuries.

Family members say Orozco liked running and supporting good causes.

"My dad loved running. That was one of his biggest things, any kind of running or marathon. I mean, he ran five to seven miles every day, so when stuff like this came around he would be a part of it, and Special Olympics was just one of the things he liked to do," Orozco's daughter, Elizabeth Tabbot, said.

Organizers say about three hundred people took part in the race. Sergeant Orozco's children say he would be proud of each and every one of them.

"It's a great feeling. It's a great feeling to know that people are still keeping on the legacy and that these people are wanting to help, and wanting to keep helping to raise money for the Special Olympics," Orozco's son, Ruben Orozco, said.

Jose Marrufo, the President of the Sheriff's Officers Association tells us Sgt. Orozco started running for the Special Olympics, and the El Paso Law Enforcement community followed him.

"We had the U.S. Marshall's out here. We had the FBI, we had ICE agents out here, so it's starting to become a law enforcement community {event}. All we need is Border Patrol, and maybe we'll get them later," he said.

Sergeant Orozco's children say the heavy turnout from law enforcement is no surprise.

"Kids love seeing the officers. They love seeing them come in and be committed. That's one of the things my dad loved to do was be committed and be part of this," Tabbott said.

Tabbott reminded us the race isn't about her father. She said it's about raising money for the Special Olympics, so we asked Sheriff's Officers Association how they fared.

"Our goal is always about raising $30,000.00, and I'm pretty sure we're about half way there," Marrufo said

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