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Memorial relay leaves Las Vegas on way to Carson City

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Bagpipes performed Wednesday morning as runners began on a journey that has a somber function, however can’t assist however elevate the spirits of everybody concerned.

The Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial Relay took off from Police Memorial Park within the northwest valley. The relay will take runners greater than 400 miles to Carson City, the place they are going to ship the names of Nevada’s 144 fallen officers, carried inside a baton that’s handed ahead alongside the route.

The baton holds seven new names this day out, remembering the officers who’ve died within the line of responsibility. The relay was final run in 2019, earlier than the pandemic. Last year, three officers had been remembered in a ceremony, however there was no relay.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Metro leaders began the relay, handing off the baton to the household of fallen Metro officer Jason Swanger to run the second leg. After that, the baton went to members of Metro’s Northwest Area Command, who had been joined by Minddie Lloyd, widow of Lt. Erik Lloyd, who died of COVID and was added to the memorial in July.

The relay is now on U.S. 95, headed out of the valley, escorted by police as runners head towards Indian Springs, Beatty, Goldfield and Tonopah. That’s the place Northern Nevada police companies take over, taking the baton via Mina, Luning, Hawthorne, Yerington, Gardnerville, Minden and on to Carson City.

It’s a novel occasion, typically drawing households and volunteers to run alongside officers. The freeway route passes Nevada landmarks and small cities that typically greet the occasion. Motorists want to have some persistence — the freeway is usually one lane every way after passing Mercury, website of the Nevada National Security Site.

Organizers emphasize security alongside the route — it’s not a spectator occasion, and drivers want to watch out across the police escort. The highway is a busy trucking route.

The route passes quite a few roadside memorials that underscore the significance of taking further care.

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