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    Police Academy 5K to honor late Scranton Police Officer Wilding

    Pennsylvania State Police Troopers participate in the inaugural Lackawanna College Police Academy Protect & Defend 5K in 2015. The event moves to downtown Scranton in its second year.

    Pennsylvania State Police Troopers participate in the inaugural Lackawanna College Police Academy Protect & Defend 5K in 2015. The event moves to downtown Scranton in its second year.

    Academy’s annual Protect & Defend 5K moves to Scranton in its second year

    SCRANTON, Pa. – Cadets from the Lackawanna College Police Academy will host the second annual Protect & Defend 5K on Saturday, April 23 in downtown Scranton. 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.

    Runners and walkers interested in participating may register online at https://runsignup.com/protectdefend5k. Registration costs $25 before April 23 or $30 on the day of the event. Participants who register before April 17 are guaranteed a race T-shirt. Registration on Saturday, April 23 opens at 8 a.m., and the 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. at Courthouse Square, 200 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.

    For more information, contact the Lackawanna College Police Academy at (570) 961-7825 or visit www.lackawanna.edu/policeacademy.

    Since 1977, the Lackawanna College Police Academy has trained generations of law enforcement professionals. Thousands of graduating cadets actively serve as police officers throughout the Commonwealth, and as chiefs of police, attorneys, sheriffs, and as agents of state and federal agencies.