Nearly three years ago, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department lost 29-year-old Deputy Kory Dahlvig in a crash in the line of duty, and a mother lost her child.
"It's horrid, Cherri Dahlvig, Kory's mother, said. "There were days when I thought I wasn't going to make it. There is a piece of my heart that is broken forever."
April 25, 2010 is a day Cherri will never forget and still copes with, but the dark moment is being turned into a positive one thanks to Kory's cousin Melissa Lane.
The Run to Remember 5K race was an idea Lane said would keep Kory's legacy alive in the community. The reason for the precise number of runners, 235, is to correlate with Kory's old badge number, which is now retired in honor of him.
"It's very personal for our area," Philip Schmidt, Nicolet College instructor and academy director, said. "Kory was someone who dedicated his life to serving his community. This is a chance for the community to show support."
Phil said he knew Kory since he was little and worked with him when he was an adjunct instructor at the college. Kory also went to high school near Rhinelander and worked at the Vilas County Sheriff's Department for two years, and served with the Lac du Flambeu Tribal Police Department for nearly four years. These local ties are all reasons why Schmidt said people should run in the race.
"He was one of those kids that everyone liked," Schmidt said. "He got along with everyone very well. He was very much a north woods kid. If you saw Kory, he'd have a flannel on, a baseball hat and probably driving around in his Chevy truck."
Even with memories of an upbeat, family friendly and child-loving man, coping with him not being here anymore is still hard to deal with for his family.
"He used to say, 'Mom it's OK if I die in the line of duty because that's where I was supposed to be,'" Dahlvig said. "But it sure wasn't for me. I'll never quit missing him. I'll never stop love him. I'll never get over losing him."
Memories his loved ones hold dear to their hearts will hopefully become long-lasting along with his spirit in the community if they can get enough people to run and remember him on September 21.
"I know he's patrolling the streets of heaven," Dahlvig said. "He's taking care of things up there."
The run will start at Nicolet College located at 5364 College Drive, Rhinelander, Wis.
The following is the schedule of events for the run:
8:30 a.m.: Check-In, Registration, Coffee
9:45 a.m.: 5K Line-Up
10 a.m.: 5K Start
10:45 a.m. Children's Run Line-Up
11 a.m.: Children's Run Start
11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Family Activities (Free and open to public)
Mail: Send checks payable to Nicolet College foundation and mail a form to Nicolet College Foundation, PO Box 518 Rhinelander, WI 54501
The Children's Run is free. Pre-Registration Fee is $25, and after Aug 24 the fee is $30.
All proceeds benefit the Nicolet College Foundation to provide student scholarships in memory of Nicolet College graduate Kory Dahlvig.