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Published on February 26, 2024
Boston Police Lace up in Tribute Run Honoring Fallen Service Members on Late Marine's BirthdaySource: Boston Police Department Official Website

Officers from Boston's District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) united this Sunday in a solemn gesture of remembrance, lacing up their sneakers to run in memory of USMC LCpl Jared Schmitz on what would have been his 23rd birthday. The run was organized as a tribute not just to Schmitz, but to honor all who fell beside him during the tragic events at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26, 2021, according to a statement from the Boston Police Department.

Among those remembered were fellow service members from Massachusetts, including Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, as well as Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Cpl. Daegan W. Page, Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, and Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum. Each one was honored for the sacrifices they made, as the community came together to both grieve and pay their respects to the heroes lost.

The Boston Police Department's gesture underscores an unyielding respect for those who serve and a commitment to remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This support was felt community-wide as residents joined in or stood along the route, showing solidarity and acknowledgment for the profound losses that continue to resonate through the hearts of many.