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NAPPANEE â€” John Elliott was the police chief at the time and friend of the late Butch (Brant) Nine when he was killed in the line of duty in 1988. He and his wife Teresa, the organizer for the 5th annual Indiana Law Enforcement and Firefighter Memorial Walk in Nappanee have been to visit the local memorial in Indianapolis as well as the one in Washington D.C. on several occasions. Upkeep of each name on the local monument is said to cost about $100 annually.
Elliottâ€™s credits his wife as â€śthe motivatorâ€ť and said that his role with the local walk is to â€śprovide a halfway stationâ€ť (at Main Street Manor Apartmentsâ€™ parking lot) with chairs for resting in, and water to replenish the bodies of the walkers and bicycle riders on their four-mile charity trek.
â€śWeâ€™ve also got some rolls to get some sugar into them,â€ť he joked.
More than 25 participants took part in the fundraiser memorial this year on a bright and sunny May 19. But, Elliott explained, the event isnâ€™t just to raise money for the upkeep of the Indiana monument engraved with local police and firefighterâ€™s names who have died while on duty.
â€śI definitely know the pain of losing a fallen officer and a friend,â€ť he said. â€śYou never forget that. This is, in part, to help keep his memory alive.â€ť