The legacy of a fallen Providence police officer continues. In two weeks, the Sgt. Maxwell Dorley Foundation will hold its first 5k Walk-a-Thon to raise money for the groups Sgt. Dorley supported in life.
Sgt. Maxwell Dorley's mother flew from Liberia to help plan this walk.. Even though her son was born in Africa she says he thought of Rhode Island as his home.
"I still want to remember him as my little boy,” said Miatta Dorley.
That's why Miatta Dorley keeps this picture of her son in her pocket book. She flew to Rhode Island to help continue her son's legacy.
Sgt. Dorley was 41 when he died in the line of duty for the Providence Police Department, but he'll always be a baby to his mother.
"I was very proud, very, very proud,” she said. “I was very, very proud of him."
Sgt. Dorley left behind a wife and two children when ran into a telephone police while rushing to aid a fellow officer on April 19, 2012. During his funeral Miatta Dorley learned her son was also leaving a community who depended on him. Her son not only served as a police officer but also volunteered at Crossroads Rhode Island a homeless service organization.
"I met a lot of people during his death that came up to me and showed jackets and stuff that he had given them. Blankets and stuff and so, we just took on Crossroads,” she said.
The Sgt. Maxwell Dorley Foundation is hosting a 5k walk-a-thon on Sept.13th.
"His wife had asked that we didn't do the walk in April,” Miatta Dorley said. “She didn't want us celebrate his death anymore. She wanted us to celebrate his life."
The 5 K Walk-a Thon will start at the Temple of Music at Roger Williams Park. The Dorley family is already handing out flyers to try to get as many people registered ahead of time.
Most of the proceeds will go to Crossroads. The rest will go toward a scholarship his wife started at Mount Pleasant High school or to help Providence children.
"He always told me that Rhode Island was his home and he would take care of the children in Rhode Island,” she said.
The registration fee is $20. You can either register on site or ahead of time. To register call Mitta Dorley at 401-572-0415 or Hawa Vincent Brown at 401-465-0872.
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