LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM CALIFORNIA WAS IN TUCSON THURSDAY EVENING TO UPLIFT THE FAMILY OF A DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN THE CITY EARLIER THIS YEAR. — Law enforcement from California was in Tucson Thursday evening to uplift the family of a Deputy U.S. Marshal who was shot and killed in the city earlier this year.
Deputies met with the family of Chase White, as well as other officers with the U.S. Marshal Service as part of the Canonnball Memorial Run, which began in 2016. Since then, officers from different law enforcement agencies in California have driven across the country meeting with families of officers who died in the line of duty, providing each one with a plaque.
Organizers say their interaction with White's family was emotional.
"You know when you've done this this many times, and made this many stops and spoke to all of these families that have been impacted, you begin to start taking over the leadership spot," John Bannes of the Cannonball Memorial run said.
Law enforcement who take part in the memorial say the family's emotion hits close to home.
"These officers put on a uniform every day, they go to work and they don't know if they're going to come home," Jason Hendrix of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. "Their family members don't know if their family member is going to come home, and unfortunately these incidents happen."
In this year's Cannonball Memorial Run, there will be 11 stops -- the final stop in Washington, D.C.