||Memorial run held for Union County officer
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) — A December tragedy still has many heartbroken, but they continue to push forward.
On Saturday, hundreds gathered in New Albany for a 5k memorial run in honor of fallen Union County Sheriff's Deputy Clint Frazier.
Frazier was killed on December 17 as he attempted to pull over a vehicle in Myrtle.
"He was trying to protect the people of Union County the night he got killed," said Hugh Frazier, Clint's father.
Organizers of the run thought it would draw in a hundred or so people, but when it came time to start the race, more than 350 runners showed up.
"I'm just amazed in one way," said Molly Bryan, Frazier's sister. "In another way, I'm not amazed. Clint was a wonderful person. We all loved him."
"Everybody though a lot of him," said family friend, Ed McAlexander. "A lot of people just showed up; they didn't even know him. They showed up just to do it in support of him and the family."
The 5k raised more than $10,000 for Frazier's wife and three children, but the purpose goes beyond that.
For many, it's about the memories and the good times.
"We'd pick on each other from as far back as I can remember," McAlexander laughed. "We were always making fun of each other."
The race also showed something we should all learn, the future is not promised. Live life every moment.
"I just wish things would have turned out different," said Frazier's mother Sheila as she fought back tears. "I just wish each and every person would look at their life and make sure each moment counts. Let the petty stuff go."
All of the proceeds will got to Frazier's family. Organizers said they hope to hold it in the future to benefit other officers.