Hundreds participate in 15th annual Arizona Fallen Officers Memorial 5K

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Hundreds came from near and far to pay tribute to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by participating in the 15th annual Arizona Fallen Officers Memorial 5K.

Buried in the sea of runners behind the racing bibs are hundreds of broken hearts. That's because most people running have lost a loved one in the line of duty.

Just ask Dave Andrews, who lost his brother Joseph, a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy, in a 2005 helicopter crash.

"The fuel pump was put in backward so it shot fire out from the rear of the chopper and where they were supposed to land in the water the belly of the water, he landed in the hilltop next to it," said Dave Andrews.

Before the race, Dave, a country music artist, sang "Boys in Blue," a song to honor the memory of his brother and the other lives of law enforcement officers gone too soon.

"I love it that I can walk down the street and give a cop a high five, we all exchange information, they understand and they know exactly what everybody is going through," said Andrews.

Adding that he takes no comfort in knowing the pain that brings all these people together but having others to lean on, from groups like the Cops Organization, has helped tremendously.

"When these organizations weren't around 15 to 20 years ago as strong as they are now, it makes a huge impact, these people these family members need these organizations to help them," said Andrews.