Law enforcement honors Special Olympics
By Dawn Krebs
MARTIN COUNTY -- Representatives from all the county's law enforcement agencies gathered once again for an annual torch run to help Special Olympics.
For 30 years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has touched almost every area of the state as the "flame of hope" is carried by hand from one location to the next, over countless miles, until the opening ceremonies of Florida's state summer games, which will take place on May 17 at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.
The representatives include more than 300 different agencies in the state, and cover thousands of miles by thousands of participants.
Here in Martin County, law enforcement from the Stuart Police Department, the Martin County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Highway Patrol and others gathered on April 10. Wearing matching shirts, the group ran Federal Highway for their leg of the run.
It is the sale of the t-shirts, hats and other annual memorabilia of the event that has made the torch run one of the biggest fund-raising events for Special Olympics and law enforcement agencies.