S.C. Highway Patrol troopers want to raise money for a memorial that will honor the 49 troopers who have died in the line of duty since the agency was created nearly 80 years ago.
Lance Cpl. Bob Beres is leading the charge to build a granite memorial wall that will stand in front of the patrol's headquarters in Blythewood.
"Every time we walk in that office, we will not forget the people who made the ultimate sacrifice," Beres said.
He is organizing the first Fallen Trooper Memorial Run on Oct. 5 at Charleston Southern University. He said everyone from law enforcement, the fallen troopers' families and the entire community is invited to run or walk the track as often they want and to donate what they can.
Beres said some troopers intend to circle the track 49 times, one for each trooper killed in duty since 1932.
Beres said he intends to circle the track 400 times -- 100 miles -- non-stop to bring awareness to the event.
"I knew I had to do something to help to get people to donate. Sometimes you have to do painful things," he said.
Beres said his goal is to raise $20,000. Anyone who wants to donate can do so at the event, or they can donate to the "Fallen Troopers Memorial Fund" at any First Citizens branch in South Carolina at any time.
A memorial dedicated to all South Carolina law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty was erected on Statehouse grounds in 2006.
Beres said this memorial would be just for the troopers.