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Hundreds Participate in Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars Memorial 5K Race

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BRIDGEPORT -

The city of Bridgeport turned into a 5K race course on Saturday, all to honor fallen US Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller.

Hotsinpiller was killed in the line of duty in 2011, but his memory still lives on.  

His brother Dustin is one of the organizers of the Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars Memorial 5K and said it's great to see so many people support his family.

"The first year was our first go at it and we had a lot of help and a lot of people, the second year it got bigger, the third year it got bigger, and it seems like it gets bigger every year. The support it gives us is great. It's four years past what happened to Derek but the people are here because they know what law enforcement does on a daily basis and the support they need and its good fellowship,” explained Hotsinpiller.

Hundreds of people participated in the race that helps support the James and Derek Hotsinpiller Scholarship Fund. It goes to local students looking for a career in law enforcement.

"We're giving away 11 scholarships with the proceeds that have been raised by the race and the other donations go to the scholarship fund. We limit it to students in Harrison County but we're in the process of expanding. It's designed for students that want to go to an in state school and major in Criminal Justice or Social Science. My mom puts it as she wants to put as many law enforcement officers on the street as she can to replace my brother and the ones who have fallen,” Hotsinpiller said.

While the race is designed to honor and remember Derek, Hotsinpiller said it's also important to raise awareness about what happened to his brother.

"Sometimes we don't hear so much about it because it doesn't happen around home like Derek did, but it happens everyday to somebody. We just try to get people together and take a bad situation and turn it into something positive,” Hotsinpiller explained.

Racers included the public, family and friends of Derek, and law enforcement agencies.