One member of the class, Lt. Adam Kusser, a member of the Army National Guard, committed to the race after reading Hines’ story on the website for the Flag Day 5K.
“I didn’t know much about the race,” said Kusser, a Newbury resident. “I was reading Hines’ story, and it’s definitely an honorable cause. With all of the military personnel in this class, it seemed like a fitting last class event. I hadn’t even heard of the Hines Bridge, but I was able to drive over it today and check out the monument.”
The Essex County Sheriff’s Department class of recruits will graduate Wednesday. The recruits ran the Middleton Police Department Torch Run for Special Olympics together at the same pace two weeks ago. Kusser believes he and his classmates will get the green light to run tomorrow’s race independently for time.
“I think we’ll be released to do it for time, but that hasn’t been confirmed,” Kusser said. “It’s an important cause. I know a lot of servicemen who have come home to their families, and it’s not the same as when they left. Some struggle to find jobs when they get out, and they want to start a civilian career. Any charity that addresses that is outstanding and much-needed. The people who serve this country deserve that stuff.”