Last weekend, a group of hearty souls toughed it out to the top of Mount Roberts to honor Alaskan public safety officers who have died while on duty.
A total of 26 volunteers completed the “Cops on Top” hike, according to a press release from the Juneau Police Department this week. Volunteers included employees and family members from the Juneau Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Corrections, the Juneau District Attorney’s Office and Capital City Fire and Rescue. The group hiked Juneau’s local mountain to honor the memories of Village Public Safety Officer Thomas Madole, Alaska State Trooper Tage Toll and Department of Public Safety Pilot Mel Nading who lost their lives protecting others earlier this year. According to the release, Madole was shot and killed in the line of duty in the village of Manokotak, in March. Toll and Nading were both killed in a helicopter crash during a search and rescue operation the same month.
The Cops on Top website describes their organization as a “team of volunteers from the law enforcement and public service community, who undertake mountain climbing expeditions to honor the memories of those heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting others”. Cops on Top was founded in 1998 and is a nationally recognized program. The Alaska Peace Officers Association Capital City Chapter was a co-sponsor of the event.