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Rhinelander honors fallen deputy


A Northwoods community honored a fallen deputy Saturday.

"The one thing I was worried about is that Kory would be forgotten," said Cherri Dahlvig, the mother of officer Kory Dahlvig.

Dahlvig was a Vilas County deputy for three years before he died in a traffic crash back in 2010.

His family says they don't want his life to go unnoticed and members of the community in Rhinelander don't want that either.

"We wanted to do this run to have fun, to remember Kory Dahlvig and to bring the community on to the Nicolet college campus," said Heather Schallock, the Nicolet Foundation executive director.

The Nicolet College Foundation hosted a 5K run to honor Dahlvig and to keep his memory alive.

"Walking in this morning we had 136 people signed up," she said.

All together, about 150 runners took part.

The college had teachers participate as well.

"I'm just doing it to get in a run and do something good for our students," said Kristi Thoreson, a teacher at Nicolet.

Dahlvig graduated from Nicolet College in 2003, where he majored in criminal justice.

Organizers say the money raised here will go toward scholarships to help other students at the school.

"We would like to have scholarships for all the programs that Nicolet College offers," Schallock said.

Race leaders say the scholarships would have a major impact on helping their students.

"It not only helps pay their tuition but it also changes their life,” said Thoreson.

Dahlvig's family says the event itself is enough to honor him.

"To remember my son like this and get all the kids into it is just so wonderful," said Dahlvig.

The deputy's mother told the runners to keep smiling just like her son did.

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