Back The Blue: Hundreds Participate In Race To Support Law Enforcement

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DALLAS-  When Big D backs the blue, you can expect the entire skyline to be lit! Friday night, the city showed its support for the men and women who protect and serve by displaying blue lights throughout downtown. And Saturday morning, hundreds geared up to run the city at the Chick-Fil-A Race for the Community. Some cops even crossed the finish line in full uniform.

"Me and the guys made a decision that we were going to do a 5K in uniform," Aaron Shed, with Mesquite PD, explained.

The Chick-Fil-A movement benefits Operation Blue Shield. The non-profit organization dedicated to funding programs that bring citizens, the community, and law enforcement together.

Chuck Norris -- yes, the Chuck Norris, made a cameo. Even Batman came to save the day. Okay, not the Batman. It was a retired cop who's saved his share of lives on the job.

"This just goes to show that as officers, we have the human side too; we get out and have fun. We run, we work out and to do that with the citizens," he said, "I think this is awesome!"

NewsFix also caught up with Toni Brinker Pickens. She's the founder of OBS and says the inspiration to create the organization was pulled from the things that have gone on in the past few years.

"Today is a remarkably special day for me because I started Operation Blue Shield about 13 months ago, " Pickens explained.  "I did that because I felt that our country was heading in a direction we shouldn't be going."

By 10 a.m., the final racer finished. But, this doesn't mean the race for the blue is over. More than a dozen Chick-Fil-A restaurants in DFW are selling #TeamPearce shirts to raise money for Fort Worth Officer Matt Pearce. He's still in critical condition, fighting to recover from multiple gunshot wounds. A GoFund Me page has already raised almost $80,000 and Chick-Fil-A is hoping to add to that. A number of local restaurants will be donating 20% of their profits to help officer Pearce's family. Now that's what you call serving the community!

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