Re­spon­ders honor Of­fi­cer Amy Caprio

Fit­ness fundraiser pro­ceeds will go to­ward Tow­son Univer­sity schol­ar­ship

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS - By Lor­raine Mirabella

For a good hour, they worked up a sweat, break­ing into high-in­ten­sity rou­tines full of lunges, squats, push-ups and crunches.

For the dozens of po­lice of­fi­cers and other first re­spon­ders who gath­ered Satur­day in a Ti­mo­nium fit­ness cen­ter, it was one of the best ways they knew, many said, to honor slain of­fi­cer Amy S. Caprio, get­ting fit and build­ing ca­ma­raderie while do­nat­ing to a schol­ar­ship fund in Caprio’s name.

A Bal­ti­more County po­lice of­fi­cer for al­most four years, Caprio was hit by a ve­hi­cle and killed while re­spond­ing to a bur­glary call in Perry Hall in May. Four teenagers have been in­dicted on mur­der charges in her death.

Stay­ing fit and healthy is key in coun­ter­ing the stress and dan­gers law en­force­ment of­fi­cers face, said Mar­shall Wieder, a Mont­gomery County po­lice of­fi­cer who also runs Blue Line Strength Train­ing, an or­ga­nizer of Satur­day’s event with sports fa­cil­ity Sweat Per­for­mance. “It’s a phys­i­cal job. … You’ve re­ally got to make sure you’re on top of your game,” said Wieder, who of­fers fit­ness coach­ing for po­lice of­fi­cers. “There’s a big need for it in law en­force­ment. Stress wears peo­ple down.”

The “Fallen He­roes Work­out” drew about 140 peo­ple, most in law en­force­ment, from all over the state and sur­round­ing states and as far as New York and New Jer­sey.

It didn’t mat­ter that many had never worked with or even met Caprio.

“A cou­ple of the po­lice of­fi­cers ac­tu­ally con­tacted me ask­ing if i wanted to come to this, and I wasn’t too ex­cited — I just hate work­ing out,” said Makayla Raby, a crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the An­napo­lis Po­lice Depart­ment, as she stretched be­fore the work­out. But she said she wanted to be part of an ef­fort to ben­e­fit and re­mem­ber fallen of­fi­cers. “It’s for a good cause,” she said. “Giv­ing back and be­ing able to help out in any way that I can is re­ally im­por­tant.”

The event raised more than $2,500 for the Amy Sor­rells Caprio Schol­ar­ship En­dow­ment at Tow­son Univer­sity through do­na­tions and T-shirt sales even be­fore the start of the work­out. More was ex­pected through ad­di­tional do­na­tions and raf­fle sales. The schol­ar­ship is open to first re­spon­ders and their im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies. Both Caprio and her hus­band, Tim, were Tow­son Univer­sity graduates.

Mike Couni­han, a po­lice of­fi­cer from New York City, asked the crowd be­fore the work­out how many of the po­lice of­fi­cers had ever been in a po­si­tion of “fight­ing for your life.” Sev­eral raised their hands. “When you guys are out there, and you’re do­ing this work­out, and you want to puke, you want to cry, you want to just quit, Amy’s not here to have that lux­ury of work­ing hard,” he said. “Keep that in your mind.”

Caprio’s mother, Deb­bie Sor­rells, thanked Satur­day’s par­tic­i­pants and re­minded them to “take care of your bod­ies and to stay well and healthy and in the best shape pos­si­ble . ... It’s to the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­body.”

“Putting on her uni­form re­ally per­son­i­fied the be­ing that we know, the real per­son,” Sor­rells said of her daugh­ter.

Tracy An­der­son, a Bal­ti­more City fire­fighter who brought her 16-year-old daugh­ter as a work­out part­ner, said she of­ten works along­side Bal­ti­more County law en­force­ment and was fa­mil­iar with Caprio. “So we came here to honor her and raise some money,” An­der­son said. “And it’s a good work­out.”

Makayla Raby, left, a crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the An­napo­lis Po­lice Depart­ment, and Fa­lyn Morn­ingstar, right, of Hanover, Pa., stretch be­fore the Fallen He­roes Work­out.

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