FD Torch Run gives Special Olympians a proper send-off

FD Torch Run gives Special Olympians a proper send-off

Law enforcement officers are teaming up to support Louisiana Special Olympics.

"The Palestine Police Department is proud to participate in such an outstanding event for such a worthy cause", Community Liaison Officer Michele Herbert-Reyes said.

Sycamore and DeKalb police officers will be back on Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois from 5 noon Friday.

During the run, a ceremonial torch is carried by someone at all times.

Almost 100 kids from Special Olympics came out for the festivities and to play on the playscape, as they saw off their teammates going to the state competition in Ames today through Saturday.

Slated to speak at the press conference are: Officer John Clifton (LETR State Executive Chair), Atlanta Police Department's Chief Shields, Elena Weaver (Special Olympics Athlete & 2018 Torch Bearer) and Matthew Wynne (Special Olympics Athlete & LETR Ambassador). The donut, called "The Champion", will be available at Dunkin' Donuts locations in Chicago and suburbs May 18.

"The main goal of today's run is to raise awareness for Special Olympics and the fact that we have 66,000 athletes here in the state alone and our partnership with law enforcement which has been ongoing for over thirty years", said New York Special Olympics Director of Development, Cassandra Rucker. "My involvement with Special Olympics is truly an honor and another chance to uphold the oath I took when I was protect and serve". "Then I like talking to Detective Robbie and all the nice people who donate".