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Officer kicks off run across Missouri to honor fallen first responders

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Officer Hughes kicked off his run Friday in St. Charles. He is expected to complete his run across Missouri Saturday, March 31. (Credit: KMOV) Officer Hughes kicked off his run Friday in St. Charles. He is expected to complete his run across Missouri Saturday, March 31. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A Missouri police officer kicked off a run across the state Friday afternoon to honor fellow first responders.

Officer Keegan Hughes of the Blue Springs, Mo. Police Department will run from St. Charles to Kansas City in only 9 days. More than 260 miles, which comes out to about 30 miles per day.

“I’ll be in my police uniform,” said Ofc. Hughes. “Only difference is I’ll wear running shoes.”

Officer Hughes started planning the run five months ago. He’s not sure what he’ll face on his run but he knows the families of fallen officers appreciate the support.

Families like St. Charles Police Officer Grant Jansen's.

Ofc. Jansen died 10 years ago in a car crash. His widow Annette and her family will be present to cheer on Ofc. Hughes. 

"After the years pass you feel sometimes that you've been forgotten, nice to be in conjunction with 10 year anniversary, nice to feel still remembered," said Annette.

Hughes started planning for the run five months in advance. He said he is not sure what he'll face but appreciates all the support. 

He is expected to finish his run next Saturday, March 31, in Kansas City.

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