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Ridgewood Officer Runs To Raise Money For Fallen Colleagues' Causes

Midland Park Police Officer Chris Birch, Waldwick Police Officer Chris Goodell
Midland Park Police Officer Chris Birch, Waldwick Police Officer Chris Goodell Photo Credit: Family photos

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- With less than two weeks to go before he runs in the Honolulu Marathon in memory of two fallen colleagues, Ridgewood Police Officer John Ward Jr. hit his $5,000 fundraising goal.

The money will go to the Christopher Goodell Scholarship Fund and Special Olympics New Jersey in the name of Midland Park Officer Chris Birch.

Waldwick Officer Goodell was working a radar detail in his unmarked cruiser, parked on the shoulder of southbound Route 17, when it was struck by an 18-wheeler the morning of July 17, 2014.

Birch was killed this past July Fouth weekend when a four-wheeled ATV he was driving crashed near a friend's Pennsylvania vacation home.

Ward ran the New York Marathon last year to raise funds for the Bone Marrow Registry.

"This time, I want to raise funds for two causes closer to home," he said.

"Like many others in Bergen County and beyond, I was moved by the outpouring of support for the families, fellow officers, and respective communities of [Goodell and Birch]," Ward wrote on a GoFundMe page.

The race is Dec. 13.

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