Mentoring Cop Pushes Disabled Teen To 13.1

Lakewood, Colo., police officer Jesus "Moose" Chavez takes a breather after pushing Luke Olmsted through the Rock 'n' Roll Denver Half Marathon on Oct. 20. Photo: Brian Metzler

Lakewood, Colo., police officer Jesus “Moose” Chavez takes a breather after pushing Luke Olmsted through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon on Oct. 20. Photo: Brian Metzler

Appreciative of his own mentor, local cop pays it forward by mentoring others.

It used to be that everyone running in a race was trying to run fast. Then some of the focus changed to just finishing. But for others, like Denver-area police officer Jesus “Moose” Chavez, the goals are much less selfless. Chavez ran in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon on Sunday pushing a teenage boy who suffers from cerebral palsy to the finish line. They finished together in 2:03:26, but that’s just part of the story.

Chavez is a school resource officer for Alameda High School as well as a detective with Lakewood Police Department. He goes above and beyond the call of duty trying to help students in need. He’s just one example of how every running race is full of amazing people doing amazing things.

Read the full story from Denver Post sportswriter John Meyer, who’s one of the best in the business at reporting and writing about running.

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