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Community honors fallen officer with memorial 5K in Monroe

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KOMO Photos. January 31, 2016.

MONROE, Wash. -- Hundreds walked to remember a Monroe Correctional officer who was strangled to death by an inmate in January of 2011.

"Corrections work is very dangerous," jail superintendent Dan White said. "It takes a special person to do that. Jayme Biendl was a special person and a hero."

Five years later, the community gathered on Sunday for a 5K run honoring fallen officer Biendl.

"We don't want to forget people who made those sacrifices," sergeant Brian Johnston said. "We want to remember."

Since Biendl's incident, state prisons said they have added several safety measures like giving officers emergency phones, and better ballistic vests.

The money raised goes to Behind the Badge, a foundation that helps law enforcement after someone is injured or killed in the line of duty.

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