LAPD officers complete 400-mile run to help families of fallen officers

EMBED </>More Videos

Two Los Angeles police officers completed their L.A.-to-Sacramento run, and it was all to raise money for families of fellow officers killed in the line of duty. (KABC)

Two Los Angeles police officers completed their L.A.-to-Sacramento run, and it was all to raise money for families of fellow officers killed in the line of duty.

Officers Joe Cirrito and Kristina Tudor started their journey at the police academy in L.A. over Thanksgiving weekend. They ran about 400 miles in their uniforms - tackling about 40-55 miles a day.

Cirrito and Tudor said the courage and perseverance of their fellow officers inspired them to take on the challenge and help raise funds for families.

"I was a school teacher first," said Cirrito. "I lost a colleague, who left teaching into law enforcement, in 9/11. So, I kind of decided to pursue something I've always wanted to do...so Dominick Pezzulo, who was a port authority officer in New York, has been, really, just my driven force -- not only for this run but going out there and working every day."

For Tudor, the run was for every fallen officer.

"I wanted to embody something bigger than ourselves because, ultimately, they gave their last breath and heartbeat for something bigger than themselves... so I just wanted to keep their dedication and character in memory," she said.

During the 12-day run, Cirrito and Tudor helped raise money for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation and Concerns of Police Survivors, AKA C.O.P.S.

Download the free ABC7 Los Angeles app for breaking news, weather and local stories on-the-go