Family Continues to Honor Trooper with Race Day to Raise Awareness

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The five-year anniversary of state police trooper Kenton Iwaniec's death has been a time of reflection for his family as they continue the quest to get impaired drivers off the road.

The Cook Township native and St. Vincent College graduate was killed by a woman who was driving under the influence when her vehicle crossed the centerline and hit his vehicle head-on March 28, 2008. His family formed a memorial foundation to prevent other families from suffering similar losses.

"Thanks to our amazing support system and foundation members, we've been extremely blessed to be able to create memories and leave a legacy in Kenton's honor," said Iwaniec's sister, Sashonna Zacour of Colorado Springs, Colo. "Every event we attend, every fundraiser we hold, every preliminary breath tester we distribute is a celebration of Kenton's life and all lives that have been destroyed by impaired driving."

The fourth annual "TakeOff: Honor the Past, Shape the Future Race" to benefit the Trooper Kenton Iwaniec Memorial Foundation will be held Saturday at St. Vincent College in Unity.

Events include a 1-mile fun walk, a 5K walk/run, a 10K walk/run, a children's sprint for racers ages 6 and younger and a half-mile children's run for racers ages 10 and under.

"We credit all the good people who believe in our mission," said Debby Iwaniec, the trooper's mother.

Since the fundraiser began four years ago, the foundation has purchased 377 preliminary breath-testing units for police officers to use in the field. …