WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A community program started at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday morning.
It is a community partnership between the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop N Law and Leadership Academy, the PA National Guard, and the Travis Manion Foundation.
Cadets attending the Law and Leadership Academy and PSP members worked side by side with community members to honor the brave men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“[The] The Travis Manion Foundation started in ’08-’09 after the Manion family sadly lost Travis. They came together and they wanted to honor Travis’ legacy,” explained Terrence Fenningham, a mentor at the Travis Manion Foundation.
The workout is a 400 meter run, 29 overhead squats and 7 rounds, so 04/29/07, the day Travis Manion lost his life.
Captain William Cawley said the drive was meant to show honor and help bridge the gap between the police and the general public.
“One of the premises of the foundation is to attract young people, to teach them character and leadership, because they are our future generation – the future generation of leaders,” Fenningham said.
“These guys are my role models, you look at these heroes like that, so it really motivates me to start with this and it also motivates me in my military career,” Kruk said.
Master Trooper Peters concluded by telling Eyewitness News that the trainings were about service, honor and commitment to the men and women who served alongside him.