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Chris Corbett 5-K celebrates memory of former deputy police chief

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

The 2nd annual memorial run for a former Waterbury deputy police chief took place Sunday.

Chris Corbett died two years ago, after being with the department for nearly 20 years and this morning's race honored his love of running, as well as his support for Catholic education.

After Jim Nardozzi's good friend and former colleague at the Waterbury police department passed away back in 2015, those who knew and loved Chris Corbett got together to figure out a way to honor the deputy chief's memory.

"This event is fitting. People are doing so much for someone who did so much for everyone else," Nardozzi said.

Corbett was a proud product of catholic schools in the city of Waterbury and went on to graduate from the College of Holy Cross. He eventually pursued a master's degree in criminal justice and became a police officer.

At both the high school and college levels, Corbett was an outstanding, award-winning track athlete.

So Jim, along with Chris' family and friends came up with the idea to hold a memorial run in his name, paying tribute to his love of running and carrying on his support of Catholic education.

"Last year was a huge success and if you look around, it looks like we're duplicating that success again," Nardozzi said.

In its second year, the Chris Corbett 5-K drew in hundreds of people on Sunday.

All of the proceeds from the event go towards his memorial fund which provides scholarships to children attending parochial schools in the greater-Watebury area.

"Last year, we out $7,500 in scholarships. We've also already given out scholarships to students who are attending college next year.

For people who ran in this year's race, they said it's great to give back to such a good cause and break some personal records along the way.

"It's actually my frist race since having my baby last July! So, I had a goal of 27 minutes and I got 27 minutes!" Krista Tarasovic of Prospect said.

Mayor Neil O'Leary was also in attendance.

"Although we still suffer from his loss, this somehow makes it a little bit easier," said O'Leary.

Organizers hope to keep this event and Chris' memory alive for years and years to come.

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