Recruits take tower challenge to honor fallen Nogales police officer

Updated: Jun. 5, 2018 at 3:54 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Future police officers ran up thousands of flights of stairs Tuesday, June 5 to honor a fallen brother in blue.

The Tucson Police Academy Class 18-2 hosted a tower challenge with all proceeds going to the family of Jesus Cordova.

Forty-two recruits participated in the event at the police academy on Wilmot Road.

Their goal was to complete 5,000 flights of stairs.

Jacob Willis is one of the recruits who helped organize the challenge. He said they were looking for a good cause to dedicate it to when they thought of Cordova's family.

He said he wants them to know they are here to provide support during this difficult time. Officer Cordova was killed in the line of duty in April while responding to a carjacking.

Cordova was a longtime officer in Santa Cruz County, most recently with the Nogales Police Department. He was trained at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center.

If you would like to donate, the class has created a GoFundMe page. You can also donate through a TPD Class 18-2 representative.

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