KCSO Honor Run raises nearly $10,000 for kids of fallen officers


Dozens came out to the 7th annual Kern County Sheriff’s Office Honor Run Saturday at Hart Park to remember those that died in the line of duty.

According to KCSO, in the last 15 years, three Kern County deputies were killed while serving their community.

In 2004, Deputy Daniel Archuleta was killed in a fatal car accident, just two years after he started working for KCSO.

Deputy Joe Hudnall died in 2006 in a car accident while transporting a prisoner from the Kern Valley Area through the Kern River Canyon. He was a nine year veteran.

In 2008, Deputy James Throne died in a car accident. Throne served the Kern community for two and a half years before his end of watch.

“Joe Hudnall was a really good friend, buddy. I worked with him for a long time and personal friend so we want to make sure the children of four fallen officers are taken care of,” said Michele Leper with KCSO.

The money raised from the run goes toward a scholarship fund for the kids of the fallen to help pay for college.

“We want to make sure to give back to them because they gave the ultimate sacrifice for us,” Leper said.

Before the race, Sheriff Donny Youngblood took a moment to remember Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus. Helus was one of twelve victims that lost their lives in the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks less than two weeks ago. 

“What a hero, what a hero,” said Youngblood. “People that will go towards gunfire, he didn’t just go, he ran towards it, knowing the outcome wasn’t going to be good. When someone falls from another agency, it affects all of us.”  

Members of KCSO SWAT team ran as a unit showing solidarity for lost brothers and sisters. 

“Even though he might not have been from Kern County, it hurts just as deeply as in anywhere in the U.S.,” said KCSO SWAT Deputy Brandon Geherty. “Any law enforcement officer death is tragic and we try to aim to prevent those things, especially one so close to home. It definitely sends a shock down your spine.”

This years run raised around $10,000.

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