Sixth Annual “Our Fallen Hero” 5k run/walk in memory of PFC Aaron Toppen and will benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation’s Tillman Scholars program. A program that supports active-duty service members, veterans and their spouses with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities, so they are empowered to make an impact at home and around the world.
On June 9th, 2014, at the age of 19 , PFC Aaron Toppen lost his life during a joint operation of Afghan and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Aaron grew up in Mokena, attended Mokena 159 schools and graduated from Lincoln-Way Est High School in 2013. From a young age, PFC Aaron Toppen was incredibly patriotic and dreamed of following in the footsteps of both his maternal and paternal grandfathers by enlisting in the military to serve the country he loved.