A collection of motorcycle patrolmen led the Chief Maloney Unity run Sunday. The fallen Greenland police chief also enjoyed riding his police motorcycle. (RYAN O'CONNOR PHOTO)
Race honors late Greenland police chief Maloney's memory
"The first one was so emotional, and every year this (race) brings up emotions, but time and distance has helped us to really focus on the positives this year, especially with the community coming together like this," said Tara Laurent, who succeeded Maloney as Greenland police chief. "This year, specifically, has been just happy, and everyone's sharing stories about Chief Mahoney and everyone's smiling and excited to be together."
"He paid the ultimate sacrifice almost two weeks before retirement by putting his life on the line and subsequently ended up sacrificing his life to save another officer's," he said. "Words can't express how courageous he was, so if we can come out here and honor his memory and his service, well, it's obviously a great way to do that and to get together with fellow law enforcement officers and to do something positive to show the community that we're out there trying to do our best and serve the public."
Portsmouth police Sgt. Christopher Roth didn't run in this year's race but was there with Officer James Noury to support their brothers and sisters in blue through a pipes and drums presentation.
"I think it's good for us, as the officers and the people that were close to him, to be reminded that everyone does remember, that the citizens remember and that the community is willing to come together, and they really did today," she said. "I mean, the weather wasn't great, and they still came out to share this really, really positive experience."