SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The 200 Club of Savannah held the 13th annual Savannah Mile. The organization provides financial and emotional support to fallen first responder's families.
This event comes just one day after Savannah Police Officer Anthony Christie lost his life in the line of duty.
Other families also remembering their fallen heroes like Angela McDuffie. Her husband with the Hinesville Fire Department passed away in the line of duty this February.
"Really funny, loving, loved working out," McDuffie said about her husband. " Always running got me up at five o'clock in the morning to go to the gym. Get up, get up, let's go."
Families and friends walked the one mile before current and past first responders took the challenge of the heroes heat.
"And the reason they do that, more than anything else is to show the sacrifice and commitment that occurs each an every day for their fellow brothers and sisters that may have lost their lives in the line of duty," said Mark Dana, the president of the 200 club.
The presence of the Savannah Police Department was heavy to honor their fallen brother.
"This is real," said Officer LaFord. "It does happen in our communities. There is going to be a lot more people out here today in remembrance of Anthony Christie."
The race helps to raise money that directly helps families of fallen first responders like Angela McDuffie, who says she felt right at home today.
"This organization has just put their arms around us and support us during this time," McDuffie said. "They've let us fellowship with other fire fighters and other fallen heroes families."