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Daughters Organize 5K to Honor Father

Posted July 14, 2007

— Runners and walkers took over a north Raleigh neighborhood Saturday morning for a good cause.

Stephie and Jessie Hale organized the 5K run in honor of their father, Detective Paul Hale.

The Raleigh Police Officer was killed in the line of duty 10 years ago. Hale was an avid runner, and family members said they felt this was a positive way to honor his memory.

“It’s really overwhelming. It’s just so great that everyone came out and showed their support,” Stephie said.

The Bedford Subdivision provided a backdrop for the course. After awards were handed out, participants let the wind take away green and blue balloons.

“It’s a celebration of my brother, the person he was and in our minds still is,” said Betsy Fila.

Proceeds go to the 200 Club of Wake County, an organization that provides financial assistance to the families of fallen officers and emergency workers.


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  • Autumn Jul 16, 2007

    I too remember the incident ten years ago. I was fairly new to the triangle then, and I was as shocked as everyone else.

    It warms my heart to see what his daughters have done to honor him, and the money will go to a worthwhile cause. I know Paul is up in heaven, and is proud of the terrific young ladies Stephanie and Jessica turned out to be.

  • rpdwife05 Jul 16, 2007

    I was at the 5k run this weekend with husband & son. I was so glad to see such a large turnout for this event. Although I never met Paul personally, I have heard so many great things from other LEO's that worked along side him. His death was such a tragedy. It is so great that his memory lives on, and his daughters organized this event.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Jul 15, 2007

    Paul was a great Officer and man....we certainly could use alot more like him. What a fitting tribute...

    OT3.14 your thoughtlessness is bad for the environment as well...

  • none123 Jul 15, 2007

    Paul was a good guy and served his community well. I'm glad there are still law enforcement officers and citizens that let his memory live on.

  • Navy Vet Jul 15, 2007

    Same time next year?

  • mrtwinturbo Jul 15, 2007

    QT3.14......They were the bio-degradable ones

  • QT3.14 Jul 14, 2007

    Releasing balloons is bad for the environment

  • angora Jul 14, 2007

    I remember this incident and how highly regarded Mr. Hale was. For his daughters to keep his memory alive is very heartening.

  • littleredwolfie Jul 14, 2007

    Paul's daughters are a living tribute to his memory. I know he has to be looking down from heaven and smiling.

  • Nana Jul 14, 2007

    Ditto to what educgrad -at- iwon -dot- com said.