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On April 18, 2011 we all suffered a great loss when Officer Eric "EZ" Zapata from Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety was killed in the line of duty. He dedicated his life to serving the people of Kalamazoo and preserving the safety of our community. To honor Eric and his legacy, the Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation (EZMF) was created to fund and maintain a law enforcement scholarship. 

In 2012, EZMF created the first annual  EZ5K Memorial Run/Walk which hosted over 650 participants in 2012 and 720 in 2013. Donations and sponsorships from this event are used to maintain a scholarship fund for students enrolled in law enforcement programs at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

The Sixth Annual EZ Memorial Run/Walk presented by Norman Camera will be April 15th, 2017. The 5K run/walk and 10K run will take place at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) beginning at 7:00am. At the conclusion of the event there will be a reception for the runners, families, guests and a presentation of awards. Become a corporate sponsor for EZ.