Friends and family remember fallen Providence police officer

A banner flies at the Roger Williams Park Temple of Music Saturday morning at a 5K in honor of fallen Providence police officer Maxwell Dorley. (Brian Yocono/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Friends and colleagues gathered Saturday morning to remember a Providence police officer who was killed in the line of duty two years ago.

Sergeant Maxwell Dorley was killed in April 2012 in a car accident while responding to a call for assistance from another officer. He was 41 years old.

Saturday, the first annual Maxwell Dorley 5K Walkathon was held at Roger Williams Park in Providence, with proceeds benefiting Crossroads RI.

Dorley’s mother, Miatta, said that her son’s death had given her a new perspective on how she needs to live her own life.

“He always said that homelessness was one paycheck away,” she said. “He said, ‘mom, never look down on someone, you never know their story.'” That sentiment, she said, opened her eyes to the issue of homelessness in Rhode Island. With that in mind, the money raised at the 5K will be used to draw attention to and to support Rhode Island’s homeless community.

Dorley’s widow, Kou, said she has moved out of state since the crash, and that coming back to Providence was hard.

“It never goes away, because it’s constant when you’ve been with someone as long as I’ve been with Max. It’s always there.”

The family plans to hold a 5K every year, benefiting a different group that’s working to combat homelessness every time. Miatta Dorley said it will be a reflection of how much Max loved his job and the city that he called home.

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