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German officer runs nearly 200 miles to help local families of fallen officers

The officer completed his run on Clearwater Beach
Posted at 10:17 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 23:20:46-05

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A police officer from Germany flew to Florida to run nearly 200 miles to support local law enforcement and their families.

German Police Officer Archim Dieterich ran across the state of Florida starting on February 15 on Vero Beach.

He ran 182 miles and completed the last 2.5 miles of his journey on Tuesday night.

A group joined him to run to Clearwater Beach.

"The families that lost a father, mother, brother, sister. I think we have to support them," said Dieterich.

Officer Dieterich is raising money for local families of fallen law enforcement officers.

Jim Rexroad and Doug Weaver introduced Dieterich to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 43. Money raised will go to a Survivors Fund, an assistance program for the families of any officer may fall in the line of duty in the Tampa Bay area.

"Loss of a loved one, a police officer, everything we do will be geared towards making their family's life a little bit easier, a little bit better," said Dominick LeoGrande with the Fraternal Order of Police Pinellas Lodge 43.

Dieterich was hoping to raise at least $10,000. You can click here to learn more about Run for Law Enforcement Survivors.