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5 Years Later: Guardsmen Run for IHOP Victims

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Nevada Guard soldiers and airmen took part in a memorial walk and run to commemorate the victims of the IHOP shooting that happened in Carson City. 5 years since the horrific shootings that killed her brothers and sisters in arms…Nevada Army National Guard Major Laura Boldry knew them all, including Lt. Colonel Heath Kelly, who invited her to that breakfast at IHOP…but she had to get some work done instead: "We talked about it. We used to work together every morning. I felt bad that...he never came back from this meeting."

On September 6th, 2011, Eduardo Sencion killed 4 and injured 7 before fatally shooting himself. For guardsmen here, this has become a running day. Commander General Michael Hanifan told us, "We do this run every year from the IHOP back to the guard headquarters, where they were all based." Major Laura Boldry added, "It’s just our way of bringing back their spirit from breakfast that...they never made back."

Anyone can run this yearly tradition, and every year the crowd gets bigger. Tying up the laces today: Governor Sandoval. Commander General Hanifan says, "We usually end up with firefighters, police officers, people from the hospital...just anybody from the area that wants to run." The tradition began with Major Boldry, who told us, "The very first year I just told a few people that I wanted to run...and bring them back, and honor them. And everybody kind of just wanted to be along with us."

At the same time today, over 7,600 miles away, it was "On your mark...get set....go!" 200 members of the 17th Sustainment Brigade ran too, from Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Calling from there after the run, Command Sergeant Major James A. Richardson told us, “It’s an opportunity to get out and think for yourself, and get on the road with a couple of your good friends and remember...what those guys were like."

It’s been 5 years...but memories of IHOP customer Florence Donovan-Gunderson…Nevada Guard members Lt. Colonel Heath Kelly, Master Sgt. Christian Riege and Sgt. 1st class Miranda McElhiney live on. Sgt. Major Richardson was thinking of Heath Kelly, and his pushup challenge: "He was a big, gentle guy. His goal was 300 pushups a day. And for me to run, it’s the least I can do."

Back at Carson City, Commander General Hanifan struggled to find the right words, when asked what he thought about during his run: "Just thinking about, bringing them home. So when we get to the headquarters, it always feels like a relief that we brought, with all of our people, that we brought those soldiers back home."

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