1000 runners are expected to participate in the very first Keith A. Ferguson Memorial Run/Walk in New York City on Sunday, August 7.
The funds raised will go to help establish the Keith A. Ferguson Endowed Chair in Criminal Justice at UTB/TSC.
Ferguson, the son of UTB/TSC Associate Nursing Professor, Sonia Cunningham, was a member of the elite New York Police Department Hercules Counter Terrorism Team.
In January of 2004, he suffered a heart attack while responding to a fellow officer’s call for back-up. While chasing a suspected illegal street vendor on foot, Ferguson suddenly collapsed while clutching his chest and died. He was 38 years old.
“Keith spent a lot of time helping people and I don’t want Keith to be forgotten,” said Cunningham, who founded an endowed scholarship for Criminal Justice at UTB/TSC “Someone in the future may say they got a scholarship to go to college and they may mention Keith’s name. I’ll be happy with that.”
Ferguson’s fellow officers have not forgotten him. Many of them will participate in the memorial run/walk. Ferguson’s squad from ESU Truck 7 is actively engaged in the preparations along with the SBA=Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department.
In a tribute to their fallen comrade, the run/walk will be held on August 7 the day before Ferguson’s 40th birthday.
“He went before his time. He died doing what he wanted to do and we are doing what we can so that he didn’t die in vain. We are trying to raise all the money we can,” said Laird Ferguson, Keith’s younger brother.
The run/walk will begin and end at City Hall Park in New York City and it will take participants across the Brooklyn Bridge to the borough where Ferguson was born and which he loved.
“I am honored to represent our students and our university,” said Abraham Ponce, UTB/TSC criminal justice student. “I have been very committed to participating in service projects and taking part in this event, will be a highlight for me.”
Cunningham plans to organize a run/walk in Brownsville. Plans are underway to have this event on Saturday, November 26 on the UTB/TSC campus in Brownsville.
For more information, call the Office of Development at 548-8708.