Some 282 civilians and firefighters turned out for the second annual Timmy Trot 5K Run and Walk Saturday through the back roads of Salisbury to honor fallen Salisbury firefighter Tim Oliveira.
“We know Timmy is watching us,” said Amesbury firefighter Ryan York. “Oh, absolutely.”
Dedicated to fallen firefighter Tim Oliveira, who died in a work-related accident in 2011, the sophomore Trot benefited the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts and included an estimated 15 Salisbury firefighters who were joined by fellow Jakes from Newburyport, Amesbury, Topsfield and Rowley, while Georgetown firefighters took things one step further by running in full turnout gear on a blustery November morning.
“It’s a real honor,” Oliveira’s daughter, Nicole, said of the turnout. “It’s nice just to have everyone come out and remember Dad. I just want to thank everyone very much. I’m very appreciative.”
Oliveira’s co-worker, Victoria Dune-Chari, came up from Wakefield to run the race and has a special relationship with her friend.
“When Nicole lost her father, three months later I lost my mother,” said Dune-Chari. “So she organizes ths race, and I run it in honor of my mother. It works well. We talk about it all the time, so it is special to us. Nicole was very close to her dad, and she talks about him all the time. He was really her support system. So, we feel like we know him, and we have all the pictures of him around the office.”
Chris Mahoney, 35, of Haverhill finished first among the men with a time of 18:28. Heather Searless, 29, also of Haverhill was the first-place women’s finisher at 20:10.
Newburyport firefighter John Fish, 43, was the first firefighter to cross the finish line with a time of 23:20.
“There were a lot of firefighters out there, a lot,” said Fish. “This is my first year running this, but there certainly is a good turnout for firefighters. We’re from a neighboring town and it’s nice to support each other.”