CONWAY — Four Carroll County Corrections officers had a successful 2018 Cannonball Memorial Run trip earlier this month to raise for money for the families of murdered law enforcement officers.
The officers are Lt. Michael Baker, Sgt. Justin Corliss, Sgt. Jonathan Duguay and Sgt. Christopher Fiandaca.
Starting out from New Hampshire on April 5 and arriving April 8 in Washington, D.C., they delivered plaques along the way to three agencies that experienced losses of personnel in the line of duty: the New Kensington (Pa.) Police Department, the Westerville (Ohio) Police Department and the Baltimore Police Department.
A group of West Coast officers made a similar journey in California, Nevada, Texas and Georgia, and the Carroll County officers met up with them at the North Carolina Department of Safety Prisons, which lost three officers and one civilian.
"We traveled a total of 2,223 miles in 74 hours," Baker of their trip. "Once we met the West Coast Team in North Carolina, we assisted in presenting three more plaques.
"Furthermore, with time in between scheduled stops, both teams were able to visit additional agencies to show our support to them and talk about what the Cannonball Memorial Run is all about in addition to listening to their stories," he said.
The CMR is a cross country “Cannonball Run”-style road trip from the West Coast to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington. Its purpose is to raise funds for the immediate financial relief to the families of Officers murdered in the line of duty.
The North Atlantic Team is a support leg to the run. Their aim is to reach the departments the others cannot due to location and time restraints.
"Sgt Duguay, Sgt Fiandaca, Sgt Corliss and I would like to thank everyone who followed our endeavors and supported us along the way," said Baker. "This was a very emotional trip for all of us and we plan on participating in the years to come. "
Baker encourages people to look at the North Atlantic Cannonball Memorial Run Team and Cannonball Memorial Run Facebook pages and to see video and photos.
"All we ask is to share the videos, pictures and pages to help us spread awareness about officers being murdered in the line of duty," said Baker. "If you wish to speak with us personally about the trip, we will be happy to do so."
According to Baker, "The Cannonball Memorial Run Corporation has been providing immediate financial relief to the family of the fallen within 24 hours."
Baker said he also has a "limited number" of 2017 Cannonball Run commemorative coins ($20) and baseball hats for sale ($25). He said that 2018 coins will become available in July.
Those wishing to donate to assist in the immediate financial relief of murdered law enforcement/correctional officers may go to cannonballmemorialrun.org/donate.