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Police host workout event for North Dakota fallen officers

The 2021 Law Enforcement Memorial Workout of the Day will take place in mid-May as a way to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty across North Dakota.

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The 2021 Law Enforcement Memorial Workout of the Day will take place at the City of Dickinson Public Safety Center May 15, as a way to commemorate police officers who have died in the line of duty. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

In honor of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, the West River Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 will host its first-ever 2021 Law Enforcement Memorial Workout of the Day on May 15.

The exercising event will kick off with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the City of Dickinson Public Safety Center following with a workout beginning at 9 a.m.

President Kylan Klauzer of the West River Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 noted that the event is intended to bring attention to the community for officers who have fallen in the line of duty. The event will highlight fallen officers Jason Moszer, Colt Allery and Cody Holte — three of the total 58 officers who have died in the line of duty in North Dakota, according to the Officer Down Memorial website.

Klauzer, also detective sergeant of the Dickinson Police Department, remarked that the idea for the Workout of the Day came to lodge members to “build the esprit de corps” of the organization. With the event also taking place during National Police Week, it was a way for police officers to spend time with citizens that the police departments serve, Klauzer added.

“The Dickinson Police Department has a large contingency of West River Lodge members and a great facility to host the event. Dickinson Police Department Chief Dassinger wanted the event to happen and was very supportive of the details surrounding it,” Klauzer noted.

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The event will last approximately an hour and will also feature some officers in and out of uniform participating.

“We’re hoping that we can get some community involvement to show up… It’s just to get participation — brotherhood, sisterhood — to gather,” Dassinger said.

The workout regimen includes a variety of exercise rounds from jumping pull-ups to burpees with a theme of eight rounds.

“The format of the event has significance in the findings that there were eight children/step children left behind following these officers' deaths. The number eight selected throughout the workout format is to signify the memory of the children impacted by these sacrifices,” Klauzer said. “Our lodge hopes to show honor and support to the memories of the family, friends and communities who have tragically experienced these events.”

All proceeds of the event will go to benefit the West River Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, where the members will vote to select a donation to be made.

With a family friendly event, Klauzer and Dassinger are looking forward to seeing its competitive neighbors — firefighters from the Dickinson Fire Department — to also work out a sweat in support of the cause.

“We are hoping to see a strong showing of first responders and community members who support the memory of those who have lost their life in the line of duty,” Klauzer added.

Pre-registration by May 9 via Venmo, at NDFOP-WestRiverLodge, is $20 per person, which includes a T-shirt. For more information, visit the Dickinson Police Department - North Dakota Facebook page.

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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