Area firefighters participate in a memorial service every year on Sept. 11. This year the Ridgeland Fire Department is hosting a 5K and 1M fun run to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation.
Area firefighters participate in a memorial service every year on Sept. 11. This year the Ridgeland Fire Department is hosting a 5K and 1M fun run to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation.
The Ridgeland Fire Department has hosted a 9/11 memorial service every year since the terror attacks, but this year they will partner with a national organization that raises money to help fallen soldiers’ families.

This year, the RFD will host a 5K in conjunction with 55 other places in the U.S. and across the world.

Firefighter Todd Yelverton is the director of the event and a veteran himself. Yelverton was deployed two years ago. He said he looks forward to partnering with the Travis Manion Foundation for the event.

“This is something we have done since 9/11 and is very dear to our hearts,” Yelverton said. “I heard about these guys while I was deployed and really wanted to bring what they do here. They do so much for veterans and their families.”

The event centers around a memorial service at Fire Station One. This year it will honor about 20 specific people, including the 16 that died in the marine transport plane crash in Leflore County this summer.

“9/11 was the worst attack on our country and we think it is important to remember it every year and remember those who have given their life since,” Yelverton said.

Yelverton said they have nearly 90 registered as of last week, but is hopeful many more will sign up.

The signup page has information for both race and volunteer sign up at http://www.travismanion.org/community-engagement/911-heroes-run/2017-ridgeland-ms/.

The group also has information on a Facebook page, Annual 9/11 Heroes Run and 9/11 Ceremony- Ridgeland, MS. The race is September 11 from 8:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. and starts at Northpark mall.