Honor and Respect LLC brought together community members and first responder departments from all over Jones County in an honor run for Correctional Officer Robert McFarland and Registered Nurse Lorena Schulte.
Ron Slagle, a member of the Marion Police Department, started the company back in 2018 to help first responders and military personnel with mental health crises.
“It started with a prayer of how we could help, how we could give back,” he said. “I’m in the field. I understand some of the stresses that go along with the job. How can we help others? That’s what we wanted to do.”
Through the work the organization has done, Slagle has seen how the events can have an impact on those they are there to support.
“It helps people get through things and helps people that are still around help others get through things,” Slagle said.
In addition to the run, the event opened and closed with a prayer for support of those affected by the tragedy.
The event was just the first of two events that will be held in Anamosa. Due to the support they’ve seen from the Anamosa community, this summer, Running for Heroes, Inc. and Zechariah Cartledge will be in Anamosa in June to run. Cartledge ran a mile in honor of McFarland the same night the two-mile run was held in Anamosa.