Race held to benefit OHP trooper killed in texting & driving accident

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- For the third year a race was held honoring Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Nick Dees, who died in 2015 after being hit by a driver texting while he was working an accident.

Hundreds of people ran the 7.31 mile course to honor Dees' badge number. There was also a 5K held in his honor.

Several law enforcement officials were part of a balloon release held before the race.

His mother said seeing the community's support for the past three years has been humbling.

"It's just the dedication of these runners to come out here in this cold weather and it's just awesome," said Dees' mother Shelley Russell.

Proceeds for the race will go toward a $5,000 scholarship in his name.

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