On April 20, 2024, the Pineville Fire Department held the 8th Annual Richard Sheltra Memorial Run. Richard Sheltra was a Pineville Firefighter when he was killed in the line of duty during a Pineville multi-alarm fire on April 30, 2016, at the age of 20. Following his death the Richard Sheltra Memorial Foundation was founded. Richard, while alive, emphasized the importance of education and updated turnout gear. The foundation hopes to keep his memory alive and honor his wishes through providing gear and educational opportunities to first responders including firefighters, EMTs and police officers. The foundation also provides annual scholarships to students entering public service. The Richard Sheltra Memorial Race takes place every spring with a 5K, 10K and Fun Run. All proceeds from the run go to benefit the foundation. The Richard Sheltra Memorial Foundation relies on donations and the proceeds from this annual event. If you would like to learn more about the Richard Sheltra Memorial Foundation please visit the foundations website https://rsmf73.org/.

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