ROCKFORD, Iowa – It’s been nearly three years since the death of a north Iowa man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Navy SEAL, Jon Tumilson of Rockford was killed on August 6th, 2011.
He lost his life along with 29 other servicemen and a service dog. They were aboard a helicopter that was shot down in Afghanistan.
Since then, Tumilson’s family has founded a non-profit organization called “Three Minutes Out.” It helps active duty military members, veterans, and their families.
And to help keep his memory alive, a 5K run and walk is held each year in his honor.
Jon Tumilson’s family says he had a love for life and running, which is why they honor him each year with this memorial 5K event.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park, a place where Jon used to love to run.
His family says this event is not just about Jon, but about the others whose lives were taken, as well as all military members past and present.
We spoke with Jon’s sister who organized today’s event.
“Jon was definitely somebody who wouldn’t want it to be all about him, but he was definitely about fitness and taking care of yourself. So, it’s just a fun way to honor him with something that he loved,” says Joy McMeeken.