For State Troopers in Central New York, Sunday was about remembering.
It’s been five years since a car accident killed Hastings area Trooper Amanda Anna. Now, her fellow officers are making sure her legacy lives on.
It was a perfect day for the first “Mandin Up Trooper Trot” in honor of Amanda Anna. Those that knew her say it was also the perfect event to name after her. “You want to focus on the positive. Her life was so positive. This really reflects, I think, so much of her personality,” said Eric Osborne, who worked with Anna for her whole career.
It’s a 5k Run/Walk with a registration line organizers couldn’t believe. “It’s just a great turnout. A lot of people remember her, a lot of people want to honor her,” said Trooper and race organizer Kylie Black.
Anna was killed in 2012. A scholarship fund was then set up in her name. Each year, $1,000 is given to a Central Square senior girl heading to college.
This run is a way to raise money to keep the scholarship going. “Obviously to keep a scholarship going you need to have fundraising efforts so we made the decision to do a 5k,” added Blac. “5k’s are fun. A lot of people can come and run or walk them.”
Anna’s legacy was on everyone’s mind as they crossed the finish line. “For us just having her name remembered and not just a stamp on a check that a high school kid gets every once in a while. The actual spirit of how she was and how she lived,” said Osborne. “that’s the beauty of it and that’s what we want to keep going.”