5-K run held for Ramstein airman killed in airport shooting
March 3, 2012
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Hundreds of people turned out Saturday for a 5-kilometer run in memory of Airman 1st Class Zachary Cuddeback, who was killed in a shooting attack at Frankfurt Airport on March 2, 2011.
The 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron at Ramstein Air Base was host for the run.
“To memorialize Zach, we thought it would be a great honor for him ..., and a group of us got together and said we should do a 5-K,” said Staff Sgt. John Tegeler, who was Cuddeback’s supervisor. “His family is extremely excited about this run and wish they could be here, but unfortunately they couldn’t. We plan on doing this yearly in his memory.”
About 650 participants turned out for the event, which started at 10 a.m. All funds collected from the race will benefit the United Service Organizations, Wounded Warrior Project and the Fisher House.
“Knowing Zach and his athleticism and what he brought to the table when we did PT (physical training), he was always one of the fastest guys out there. So to propose a 5-K, I thought was a great idea,” said Senior Master Sgt. Mark Sniff, the 86th VRS superintendent.