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O’Fallon Police Chief Eric Van Hook presented Telecommunicator Michelle Foster with a Chief’s Commendation for completion of the “Ruck to Remember 60 to 60.” Foster completed the 60-mile challenge this spring in honor of fallen officers and soldiers.

ofallontelicommunicator“Michelle is a dedicated public servant, avid runner, and proud mother of a Marine. She is a great example of the selfless, and dedicated employees that we are fortunate to have,” said Mayor Herb Roach.

A ruck is generally associated with hiking or working with a backpack over rugged terrain, such as in miltiary manuevers.

The 60 to 60 is a 60-mile journey that begins in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. In 35 hours, a team traverses 60 miles to remember the  fallen and the sacrifices of battle. By sunrise on Memorial Day morning, the team descends into Washington, D.C, making a final movement through the National War Memorials and into Arlington National Cemetery, Section 60.

Foster completed the challenge in honor of Pfc. Tyler R. Lubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Ill., who died Nov. 12, 2016, of injuries from an improvised explosive device while serving during Operation Freedom.

“I am extremely proud of Michelle for her accomplishment and dedication to MECOMM,” said Director of Public Safety, Chief Eric Van Hook. “She is definitely deserving of this commendation.”

PHOTO: From left: Mayor Herb Roach, Police Chief Eric Van Hook, Telecommunicator Michelle Foster, and Support Services Supervisor Daryl Ostendorf.