HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County police officers and employees came together Monday morning for a workout honoring the life of Captain Don Lambert.
In February, Capt. Lambert was the victim of a hit-and-run crash while he was out jogging near Hanover County Municipal Airport.
Lambert had been with the Henrico Police Department for nearly 34 years serving as the captain of the division’s special operations unit. Those who knew him said exercising and working out was in his blood.
Shortly before his passing, he was recognized as the “Wellness Champ” by the county’s fitness and wellness division.
“It’s an honor to be out here working out for him…giving it our all,” said Linda Toney, Lt. Colonel with the Henrico Police Department, who had worked with Lambert for 29 years. “Fitness is part of what we do for the job, but this fitness workout today is in honor of him, a true hero.”
Joshua Gaskins, who organized the memorial workout, told 8News that each workout rep had a special meaning, starting with his birthday.
“His birthday was May 4, the 124 day of the year. So, we’re going to do a 124-second plank hold to get started,” he explained.
Participants then ran for 400 meters and completed four different exercises for 80 meters. Capt. Lambert’s badge number was 480. This was followed by 30 reps of sit-ups, squats, burpees, and three stadium runs totaling 33, Captain Lambert’s years of service with Henrico Police.
“He would love something like this. He’d be right out here with us,” said Zach Youngman. “I know he’s here today too … watching us.”
The memorial workout kicked off the start of National Police Week for Henrico officers.