The Charlestown City Police Department will host a dog-friendly 5K event in Charlestown on Saturday, April 20th. The event will honor the memory of fallen CPD Sgt. Ben Bertram and is an official fund raiser to benefit the Bertram Family Memorial Trip to National Police Week this May in Washington, D.C. The Sgt. Bertram Memorial 5K-9 is for Runners, Walkers & Canines.
The Deadline for entry guaranteeing a 5K-9 t-shirt is this Wednesday, April 3rd.
Sgt. Ben Bertram started his Law Enforcement career at an early age working as a Corrections Officer at the Clark County Jail. Ben always knew he wanted to be a Police Officer and worked hard and diligently to achieve that goal. Ben applied and was accepted as a Reserve Officer at the Charlestown Police Department in 2008. Ben began his training as a Reserve Officer and was often bragged about as a “stellar” young Officer. Finally in 2010 Ben was hired as a full time Officer.Attending the Indiana Law Enforcement’s 191st session in 2011 Ben excelled in his studies. After Ben’s graduation from the ILEA in 2011 Ben returned to the streets of Charlestown where he earned the prestigious Medal of Valor. Ben responded to a house fire during one of his night shifts and dragged an unconscious individual from the burning residence. Ben had to make numerous attempts to locate the unconscious person inside the house, putting his own life in danger. In total Ben went back into that burning house 6 times to ensure all occupants were out and accounted for. Because of Ben’s actions that night the family only lost their home; their unconscious loved one made a full recovery.In 2012 Ben lived out his dream of becoming a K9 Handler, acquiring his first partner, Kubo. Those who knew Ben and Kubo know that these two were made for each other. It’s fair to say there’s never been a better duo of K9 Handler and dog than Ben and Kubo. Ben worked with Kubo from 2012 until 2017 when Kubo had to medically retire. Ben was also promoted to Sergeant in the fall of 2017. Ben received his 2nd partner in 2018, Franco, while Kubo got to enjoy the retirement life living with Ben. Kubo and Franco never quite got along, but Ben made it work!Ben had just recently completed training and certifications with Franco when on December 12th of 2018 he pursued an individual who had just stolen a car from the Circle K in Charlestown. The suspect fled from Ben, at times reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Ben did what any good Officer does, he chased the bad guy. Ben ignored the risk to himself and sat out to catch the bad guy, because that’s what good cops do; and Ben was a good cop! Unfortunately, during that pursuit, on that fateful night, Ben lost his life. Ben is remembered by his fellow Officers as a great cop, a great friend and most importantly, a brother, who’s memory will never fade. Ben was a devout family man, living just a mile or so from his parents, Luke and Diane, and often spent many evenings with them. Ben often helped Luke on his days off with the family construction business. Ben also loved spending time with his sister, Lindsey, brother in law and fellow Officer, Tim Wolff, and the light of his life; his niece, Lilly!Our mission is to raise funds with an annual 5K-9 fundraiser. This year the funds will be used to send Ben’s Family and fellow Officers to Washington D.C. to honor his memory during National Police Week.So, what is a 5K-9. Well, to put it simply, it’s a 5K run/walk but because we’re honoring Ben and his love for dogs we’re allowing our participants to bring their dogs, thus the title “5K-9”. While it isn’t a requirement that each participant brings a dog, it’s certainly encouraged.
The race will start at Charlestown High School, head South on Monroe, West on Water, North on Market and then South on Monroe finishing at the high school. View the route map provided by the Charlestown Police Department below.
- Registration Fee $30.00 per runner/walker (Pre-Register by April 3rd 2019 & receive your Sgt. Bertram Memorial 5K-9 shirt for free).
- Kids 10 & Under register for free, (does not include free Sgt. Bertram Memorial 5K-9 Shirt)
- Dog Registration Fee: $5.00 per dog. Proof of immunizations is required to participate. Failure to provide adequate immunization records may result in forfeiture of registration fees.
- Run/Walk begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday April 20th 2019 at the Charlestown High School, 1 Pirate Place, Charlestown IN 47111
- Awards for top finishers in dog and non dog groups.
View their website for more information or printable forms. Online registration is available here. Forms are also available at the Charlestown Police Department and New Washington State Bank. Click here to view the facebook event link, and be sure to share with your friends to help spread the word.