WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) - On Saturday, the community came together for a 5K and 1 Mile Run in memory of Trooper Kevin Conner’s life and his dedication to protecting our community.
The race began and ended in front of the First Citizens Bank on West Columbus Street after runners looped through downtown Whiteville.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department shared posts on social media Saturday showcasing their law enforcement officers who participated in the race.
Trooper Conner’s widow, Miranda Conner, remarked on the turnout, noting that “we are so overwhelmed, the support we’ve received has been so exciting. Kevin would’ve been so proud, I’m sure he’s looking down on us now, just thinking ‘how great.’”
Mark Myers is a highway patrolman that worked with Trooper Conner and he believes that there is no better way to honor the memory of his former colleague than bringing together the very community that he died protecting.
“If we had to celebrate Kevin, this is what he would’ve wanted, everybody together having a good time. Out of breath, turning red, but that’s the way he’d want it. Everybody out here having a good time," Myers said.
Trooper Kevin Conner was killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop on October 17, 2018. Conner had served with the NC Highway Patrol for 11 years and had also previously served with the NC Marine Patrol.
House Bill 283, known as Conner’s law, was signed by the Governor earlier this month. The law toughens the punishment for anyone convicted of assault with a firearm on law enforcement, probation and parole officers, or assault with a deadly weapon against other emergency responders. It also provides an extra death benefit for families of public safety workers killed in the line of duty.
All proceeds from the event will go into a scholarship fund in memory of Trooper Conner.