A group of students from Pittsford Sutherland High School have organized a run/walk benefit to take place this spring, the proceeds of which will go to the family of Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson.
Last September, Officer Pierson was shot and killed in the line of duty, leaving behind his wife, Amy, two young children and a number of other close family members.
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the event, called Push Yourself For the Piersons, is split between a 5K run and a 3K walk. The benefit is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at Mendon Ponds Park.
Pittsford Sutherland senior Ty Filsinger led a group of fellow National Honor Society students in organizing the run/walk. All proceeds will be donated to the PIerson family and will primarily be used to create college funds for Officer Pierson’s children, Christian and Charity.
Filsinger, 18, said he wanted to help the Piersons in some way after hearing of their tragedy. He and his fellow classmates collaborated on organizing the event with the hope of fostering a sense of community throughout Rochester and raising support for the family. 5K runs have also become a hugely popular choice for benefit events; activewear sales jumped 9% last year compared to a 2% bump in overall apparel sales, a major indicator of a growing interest in fitness.
“I realized how undeserving they are of this happening to them and really wanted to be able to do something to help,” he told the Democrat and Chronicle.
Pierson, 32, of East Rochester, was an eight-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department. He had been chasing Thomas Johnson III down Hudson Avenue when Johnson fatally shot him. Johnson’s trial for the murder of Officer Pierson is scheduled to take place next month, News 10 reports.
To register for the run/walk, simply visit piersonrun.com. Registration costs $25 for teens and adults, and $13 for children 13 and younger. If you are unable to partake in the event, you can still make a donation through the website to help the Pierson family.