LCSO Deputy Dogs partnering with upcoming Walk Like MADD 5K

In an effort to bring awareness, and a solution, to impaired driving, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s Deputy Dogs program is joining forces with Mothers Against Drunk Driving for this year’s Walk Like MADD 5K Run/Walk.

Deputy Chance will be the official ambassador of the 4th Annual Walk Like MADD event, to be held on Saturday, September 28th at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the spring training home of the world champion Boston Red Sox.  

Each year, this event draws hundreds of runners and walkers of all skill levels to run for a future of no more victims.  Residents of all ages, along with their dogs, are encouraged to sign up for this family-friendly event, which will also offer a wide variety of information booths, music, food, health checks and an opportunity to sign up as a Pet on Patrol and receiving official deputy status in the program.  

“We are honored to have our agency members, and our Deputy Dogs Program, partner with Mothers Against Drunk Driving for this annual event,” said Sheriff Carmine Marceno. 

“By working together, we are hoping to educate about the life-altering impacts of impaired driving and work to create a community where our streets are safe for all of us.  Walk Like MADD is an important event for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and we hope that residents, and their furry friends, will join us on September 28th for a day of wellness, awareness, and support of our local MADD chapter.”

Sheriff Carmine Marceno will also be on hand at this year’s event with Deputy Chance to take photos with Walk Like MADD participants.  Deputy Chance’s four-legged friends from other law enforcement agencies in the area will also be in attendance to thank residents for their support of MADD.

The Walk Like MADD course features both a one-mile walk and a five kilometer USATF certified run, which concludes on home plate inside JetBlue.  The public, and their canines, can register for the event at walklikemadd.org/southwestfl  Anyone who registers under the Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s team can get a 20% discount on their registration by using promotional code LEO20.

For further information on the Deputy Dogs – Pets on Patrol program, contact deputydogs@sheriffleefl.org  For information on the event, contact either Trish Routte at troutte@sheriffleefl.org or Lori Burke, Executive Director of MADD, at lori.burke@madd.org