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Saturday, September 23, 2006 -- Clarksburg, WV
FBIRA Jerry Dove Memorial 5K - MAGP #13 (iPO Event Id#: 7426)

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Story and photos by Don Parks

Photos by Don Parks
Kids take the spotlight afterwards
The rain let up just in time for the start of the sixth running of the Jerry Dove Memorial 5K. This made for nice cool running conditions an a great course that is closed to all traffic for the race.

Quickly racing out to the lead was the familiar face of Fayetteville's Larry Taylor. The 45-year-old easily went on to win and now claims first place honors for all six years the event has been held. It wasn't his fastest time at 17:27, but it was plenty to keep him well ahead of second place finisher Kenneth Lavictoire. The 37-year-old Clarksburg native finished at 19:27.

The battle for third was a close one with Fairmont's Christopher Hedio (24) edging out Morgantowns Ray Jarr (47). Their times were 19:59 and 20:00, respectively.

The first place women, Morgantown's Candy Hawks (35), distanced her self from the competition an took an easy win at 22:37. Her next closest rivals were Bridgeport's Meghan Shepherd (20) and Buckhannon's Sandy Williams (38) who finished at 23:32 and 23:44, respectively.

Photo by Don Parks
A smile and a wave from the Jerry Dove 5K
Immediately following the completion of the 5K there was the always popular and well attended KIDS-K. With T-shirts and medals for every kid that put in the effort we have to call them all winners.

The roadway where the 6th annual FBI Jerry Dove Memorial 5K was raced, was named in honor of late Special Agent (SA) Jerry Dove, a native West Virginian. Prior to his FBI Career, he was attached to the West Virginia State Police as an Attorney Advisor while employed by the West Virginia Office of the Attorney General. While assigned to the FBI's Miami Division, SA Dove was killed in the line of duty in a shootout with two serial bank robbers in the infamous "Miami Firefight" on April 11, 1986.

Also killed was SA Ben Grogan. SA Dove has been honored for his heroic actions at numerous memorial services in Miami, District of Columbia, and Clarksburg.

The FBI Jerry Dove Memorial 5K is dedicated to the memory of SA Dove and to all Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Military Personnel, and others who have been killed while serving in the line of duty.