Milford officer to compete in triathlon in honor of young shooting victim from Newtown

Officer Michael Compare of the Milford Police Department will participate in the Rev3 Half-Ironman Triathlon at Lake Quassy in Middlebury on June 2.

The race is 70.3 miles long, consisting of a 1.2- mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.

Compare will be participating in the race in honor of Chase Kowalski, one of the 20 children killed Dec. 14, 2012 during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown.

Compare has been a police officer for nearly 13 years, recently becoming a member of the Milford Police Department. Along with other officers, Compare assisted officers in Newtown after the tragedy by covering their patrols, assisting in escorts and security details around their town.

“This was such a humbling experience that it made me want to help more,” Compare said.

An avid runner and triathlete, Compare has competed in several marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and completed his first Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Ky., in August 2012. After learning that Chase was an active member of the running and triathlon community, Compare decided that he will Race4Chase.

“Chase was an amazing son, brother and grandson whose heart was only filled with love for all the people he touched,” Compare said. “He was a fun-loving, energetic boy who had a true love of life. He completed and won his first triathlon at the age of six and ran in many community road races.”

Compare will be participating in honor of Chase and will be attempting to raise funds to benefit the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund. The goal of the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund, set up by Chase’s parents, is to turn tragedy into triumph by healing and strengthening families and communities: “To honor the legacy of Chase and all the students and educators of Sandy Hook Elementary, to positively change the lives of children and their families and to be a positive force to inspire community healing through family and children-focused programs.”

The Milford officer hopes to raise $3,000. Donations can be made at Checks also can be mailed to Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2210, Milford, Ct. 06460.