Law enforcement honors Special Olympics
By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE 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 St. Lucie County, law enforcement from the Fort Pierce Police Department, the Port St. Lucie Police Department, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Highway Patrol and others gathered on April 12 in Rivergate Plaza at Port St. Lucie to do their leg of the run.
Wearing matching shirts and hats, the group ran from the Rivergate Plaza to the Publix store in Eastport Plaza on U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie.
It 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.