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Volunteer running group honored the fallen and Sarah Zent’s family Saturday morning

Melanie Fields (right) Sarah Zent's mother
Melanie Fields (right) Sarah Zent's mother(wpta)
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 7:14 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Honoring those who lost their lives too soon, that’s why one volunteer group came together Saturday morning to lace up their shoes.

Flags 4 Fallen is a volunteer group that carries more than 475 full size flags in 42 states during races in memory of Americans who passed on at a young age.

Flags 4 Fallen runners honored 24-year-old Alison Parker and 27-year-old Adam Ward, formerly of CBS affiliate WDBJ in Virginia. Alison and Adam were shot and killed, live on the air, on the morning of August 26, 2015.

It’s called the Cops and Robbers 5K in Fort Wayne Flags 4 Fallen runners carried flags in their memory. Founder Richard Clark says they honor anyone who lost their lives to a tragedy.

Clark says he invited Sarah Zent’s mother Melanie Fields and gave her and Sarah’s other daughter the big American flag.

Clark told Fort Wayne’s NBC News it was especially important to honor them today too.

“It just means one thing and this is kind of our thing, it’s like we’re honoring people who past away but we’re not doing that, we’re honoring their lives and so today was everything about those four prior to june of last year because the rest is they were four angels and we’re honoring them because of their lives,” Clark said.

He says this is their second race here in Fort Wayne and he plans on doing more in the future.

To learn more about Flags 4 Fallen, click here.

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