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Salem City Ruck Tour
Salem City Ruck Tour
Dozens Participate in 12-mile Ruck Walk in Salem to Honor Wounded Veterans and Law Enforcement Officers (Photo) - 06/08/19

The Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem was the perfect starting point for the Operation Enduring Warrior 12-mile Ruck Walk in Salem this afternoon.  The Salem City Ruck Tour is one of over 50 City Ruck Tours happening across the country this year. 

The group consisted of veterans, law enforcement personnel, and members of the community, marching 12 miles together in Salem, Oregon on June 8, 2019 to showcase the mission of Operation Enduring Warrior, which now extends support to wounded law enforcement members through Task Force Sentinel. Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, more than 40 individuals participated in today's event.

Many of the participants which were military veterans and law enforcement officers.  Each participant wore a ruck sack on their back.  A "Ruck" is military jargon for “labored walk,” often with a weighted backpacks.  No weight requirements for backpacks were set for this event.

The goal of the ruck walk was to promote the Operation Enduring Warrior/Task Force Sentinel and honor our military veterans and law enforcement members.

The walk began after a brief ceremony at the State's Fallen Law Enforcement and Fallen Firefighters Memorials at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located on Aumsville Highway in SE Salem and finished at the State Capitol after passing various veteran's memorials in downtown Salem.

Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) / Task Force Sentinel, is a veteran-founded non?profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded veterans and law enforcement personnel through a physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation.

OEW is a completely volunteer run organization. Donations go directly towards operational support of the organization and its different programs.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "the Oregon Public Safety Academy was honored to serve as the starting location for this important event that honors and supports those who have defended the freedoms we enjoy around the world and here at home." 

Notable Guest Speakers/ Participants

SSgt. Ian Newland- SSgt. Newland was severely wounded on 4 December 2006, in Iraq, when a grenade was dropped into his vehicle.  He suffered multiple shrapnel wounds, traumatic brain injury, near amputation of his left arm and left leg. His 19 year old soldier, Ross Andrew McGinnis was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for jumping on the grenade, sacrificing himself to save the four other men onboard.

Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif- Deputy Sheriff Nashif almost lost his leg in 2015 when he was struck by a vehicle while on duty on his motorcycle.  This will be the second City Ruck Tour in which Deputy Sheriff Nashif will be participating. 

For more information:

http://www.enduringwarrior.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/367774460733393/

Additional Questions:

Crystal Mai Purdy-Newland

Pacific Northwest Coordinator, OEW

Cell #503-317-8908

dy@enduringwarrior.org">c.purdy@enduringwarrior.org; ystal.purdy@dignitymemorial.com">crystal.purdy@dignitymemorial.com

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