TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa police officers hit the road Monday morning, starting on a 60 mile walk to Stillwater. The 3 rd Annual Marine Cpl. Jared Shoemaker Memorial Walk is a three-day walk to help raise funds for the Special Olympics.
Shoemaker, a Tulsa police officer, was killed in Iraq in 2006. In 2010, department buddies Adam Ashley and Gene Hogan kicked off the walk as a way to honor his memory while helping children with special needs.
Thousands of dollars have been raised so far. Ashley believes Shoemaker would be proud.
"He'd probably shed a few tears," he said. "We get pretty choked up about stuff like this. When you know you're raising money for kids with special needs and then you get to see them actually play some of their games and you see them in the opening ceremony -- I don't care how tough a guy you are, you shed a tear."
This year Shoemaker's buddy Blake Millan got a chance to be a part of the walk. His sister competed in the Special Olympics in the past and he found it fitting to be a part of a cause that honors both.
"It hits home twice as hard for me and it feels a lot better to be out here and finally have the chance to come out here and do this with everyone," Millan said.
Walkers will continue their trip through Highway 51. They'll reach Stillwater on Wednesday.
To donate or find out more about the walk, log on to: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Shoemaker/donate/nonprofit