The 2nd Annual

Blue Ribbon Walk

With Coach Bru

Do your spouse and kids worry when you leave for work each morning, wondering if you’ll make it home safely that night?

The children and spouses of our nation’s police officers do every day.

Did you know 1,439 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty over the past 10 years?

That’s an average of one death every 61 hours or 144 per year.

The Blue Ribbon Walk

Last year, Coach Bru and the community members who joined him made the 50 mile journey from the State Police Barracks in Grey Maine to State Police Headquarters in Augusta, Maine while 20 teams of remote walkers walked in 17 different states across America. Together raising over $5,000. for the national 501c3 nonprofit, Concerns of Police Survivors or C.O.P.S.

New for 2017, the local route will travel 50 miles from Kennebunk to Topsham Maine and the goal is to enlist teams of walkers in all 50 states. The Maine event will end with a benefit dinner and concert where all proceeds again go to Concerns of Police Survivors.

This year Coach Bru is calling for survivor families and friends of fallen officers to submit their stories of the heroic lives their officers lived and the legacy they left. These officers will be honored by having a mile of the walk dedicated to each of them and their stories will be shared via a documentary video filmed along the way during the walk. *The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

“The protectors in our communities are heroes right in our midst,” states Coach Bru. “When an officer falls in the line of duty, it is our job to honor them and help their legacy live on. They put their lives on the line to keep us safe.  Blue Ribbon Walk was created to honor their lives while also recognizing and expressing appreciation for the officers currently serving our country.”

In 2016, Coach Bru created the inaugural Blue Ribbon Walk where he was joined by dozens of community members for portions of the two day walking route. It took on a life of its own well beyond the state of Maine with 20 teams of walkers simultaneously walking in their communities in 17 states.

Special thank you to the 2016 corporate sponsors: Hilton Garden Inn, Darn Tough Socks, Tru-Spec Tactical, Code Gratitude, Marcos Restaurant and 207 Ink.

Have you ever walked a mile in a police officer’s shoes?

This is your chance to honor our law enforcement officials and show appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families make.

On Sept 9, 2017 John Brubaker will begin a 50-mile journey in at the Kennebunk Police Station in Kennebunk Maine that will lead him to Topsham Maine where his walk of gratitude will culminate on at the Topsham Police Station on September 10, 2017. Coach Bru wants to raise awareness of the sacrifices officers make and raise funds to support C.O.P.S.- Concerns of Police Survivors. COPS is a national 501c3 non-profit.

Your donations will be used to support families of fallen officers. Follow in Coach Bru’s footsteps and join us for the Blue Ribbon Walk. You can join our fundraising team or start your own. Click here to get started.

The Walk

The Details

WHAT: Coach Bru Kicks Off 50-Mile Blue Ribbon Walk

WHEN: 8 a.m. Start time, Sept 9th.

WHERE: The Walk Begins at the Kennebunk Police Station 4 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME 04043 and ends at Topsham Police Station 100 Main St, Topsham, ME 04086.

WHY: Brubaker is teaming up with C.O.P.S. – Concerns of Police Survivors to show support and gratitude for our law enforcement officials by walking 50 miles in their shoes from the Police Station in Kennebunk, Maine, to the Police Station in Topsham, Maine.

Benefiting C.O.P.S., the Blue Ribbon Walk is an outward gesture of support for law enforcement officers all over the country. It’s also a fun, inspiring way to raise funds that support the families of fallen officers through C.O.P.S. programs such as peer support, counseling reimbursement and other resources to help families rebuild their shattered lives.

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Have you ever walked a mile in a police officer’s shoes? With the recent rise in law enforcement deaths, North Yarmouth resident John Brubaker thinks it’s time for others to do so — and the inaugural Blue Ribbon Walk was planned.

Brubaker announced in a statement Tuesday that he has planned a two-day, 50-mile trek from the Maine State Police barracks in Gray to state police headquarters in Augusta.

The walk takes place Sept. 10-11.

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