Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms (right) talks with Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta on January 2, 2018. ALYSSA POINTER / AJC
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta police chief, mayor to honor first responders at 5K race on 9/11

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields will honor two metro Atlanta officers injured in the line of duty at a 5K race on Wednesday.

Covington police officer Matt Cooper and DeKalb County police officer Derek Nunn will be honored at the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run, Walk & Roll, Atlanta police announced in a news release.

The race coincides with the 18th anniversary of 9/11. It initially began in 1983 as a away to ingrain fitness into the workplace.  


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Cooper was shot chasing an apparent shoplifter from a Walmart on Industrial Boulevard on Sept. 3, 2018. Nunn was injured during an ambush at a DeKalb home last month. 

Cooper will serve as Grand Marshal for the race, which will start at Building C of the Georgia World Congress Center on 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. in northwest Atlanta. 

The ceremony will start at 6 p.m. followed by the wheelchair race and 5K and 6:50 and 7 p.m., respectively.

The National Anthem will be performed by the U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent Lines from Robins Air Force Base in Macon, GA. Colors will be presented by the Druid Hills High School Naval JROTC Color Guard.

U.S. Olympian and race founder, Jeff Galloway and Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Randall Slaughter will also give remarks at the ceremony. 

The race initially began in 1983 as a away to ingrain fitness into the workplace.  


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