On Saturday, June 27, volunteers from the Salt River Police Department, along with friends and family, participated in the Annual “Cops on Top” Humphreys Peak climb in the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. With more than 150 volunteers making the trek, we all showed our support for the Concerns of Police Officers Survivors Program, known to many of you as “C.O.P.S.” Our climb was to honor the memories of those heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty while protecting others.
Our group, though small, was awesome—resilient, tough and never far apart, determined to succeed. While en route up to the summit at 12,633 feet, we endured the trail’s boulders and fallen tree limbs, all while feeling the effects of the increasing altitude (we started at 9,000 feet, but after 10,000 feet each breath was like breathing through a straw). Upon reaching the summit, along with the numerous other agencies’ volunteers, we rejoiced in knowing that as representatives of our agencies we all stood as one in our personal accomplishment for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
If you happen to see one of my fellow climbers, I ask that you greet him or her with a thank-you and maybe even ask how their legs are holding up, for they truly are family and deserve some love: Misty Bowers, Kevin Dodson, Det. T. Olivas, Rachelle Marquez, Off. I. Hoch, Jessi Alexander and Jackie Lombari.