Annual Marlborough Police Chase 5K slated in memory of longtime dispatcher Joshua Duckworth | MassCops

Annual Marlborough Police Chase 5K slated in memory of longtime dispatcher Joshua Duckworth

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    MARLBOROUGH – For the second straight year, participants in the annual Marlborough Police Chase 5K will be running with heavy hearts as they remember longtime dispatcher Joshua Duckworth.

    A Marlborough Police Department dispatcher for 16 years, Duckworth died in December at age 39. The Marlborough Police Patrol Officers Association, which organizes the race, will dedicate the 5K in Duckworth’s memory and donate all proceeds from next Saturday’s run to Give Kids a Fighting Chance, an organization that provides boxing lessons for underprivileged children, in Duckworth’s name. Duckworth was an avid boxer, said Officer Patrick Hogan, race director.

    “He was a great kid,” said Hogan.

    Hogan described Duckworth, a graduate of Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, as a talented guitarist and boxer who enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Duckworth ran his first road race during last year’s Marlborough Police Chase 5K, said Hogan.

    “This year, we’re running to honor him,” said Hogan, who often played guitar with Duckworth.

    Last year, the race was held in memory of Susan Blaisdell, who died in August 2015 after a battle with colon cancer. Blaisdell served as a dispatcher, the lead instructor of the department’s Rape Aggression Defense Class (RAD) and was the administrative assistant to Police Chief Mark Leonard during her career. Proceeds from last year’s race were donated to Blaisdell’s family to help pay her medical bills.

    Hogan, Sgt. William Kirby and other officers founded the road race in 2001 initially to raise money for the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston.

    In 2002, Kirby died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. For the next several years, proceeds from the race went to the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance in memory of Kirby, who is memorialized at the race each year.

    Hogan said this year’s race will help keep Duckworth’s memory alive in the hearts of the city’s police officers and departmental staff.

    “It’s cathartic,” said Hogan. “It’s like losing a family member. Everybody will be telling stories (about Duckworth) after. It’ll be great for everybody. It’s awesome to see everybody come together.”

    Pre-registration is ongoing and the entry fee is $20 per runner. The fee to register the day of the race is $25. Post-race activities include a cookout, kids activities, live music and raffles. The race will begin at 11 a.m. at the Marlborough Moose Lodge on Fitchburg Street.

    For more information or to sign up visit the Marlborough Police Patrol Officers Association’s Facebook page. Paper sign up sheets are also available in the Police Department lobby.

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