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Lackawanna College Police Academy Protect & Defend 5K Run/Walk


Members of Lackawanna College Police Academy Class 218 organized the Second Annual Lackawanna College Police Academy Protect & Defend 5K Run/Walk. All proceeds from this year’s race will benefit a fund established in honor of late Scranton Police Officer John J. Wilding.

Officer Wilding, a graduate of the Lackawanna College Police Academy, died July 12, 2015 after succumbing to injuries that he sustained while pursuing three juveniles who had allegedly stolen a vehicle.

The original Protect & Defend 5K was held in May 2015 and raised more than $10,500 for the Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson and Tpr. Alex Douglass Funds. These events, like many others conducted by cadets, are designed to teach them the importance of community involvement in their future careers as peace officers.

The event took place on Saturday, April 23rd at Courthouse Square, Scranton.

To learn more about the police academy visit the website here.

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