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Law enforcement runs for Special Olympics

May 9, 2003

Albany -- Marines and Police Officers ran from the Albany Marine Base to Dawson Friday, to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. The Cops and Marines went the extra mile to carry the Flame of Hope for Georgia's Special Olympic Games.

 A contingent of Marines finishing strong their ten mile run from the Albany Logistics Base to the Dougherty County Courthouse. They were the first leg Friday carrying the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, in the 15th Law Enforcement Torch Run. Sgt. Randall Eller said "We're not usually in the public eye a lot. Something like this comes along, it means a lot to us. To give them a chance and to show our support."

The handoff was made to Patrick Young, who will be a very busy athlete at the Special Olympic Games in Atlanta. Young said he was competing in "Volleyball, softball, swimming , table tennis, basketball , and golf."

After a ceremony at the Courthouse, Law Enforcement officers representing all the Departments in Dougherty County, continued the Torch Run. The Cops carried the Torch 20 miles to Dawson. The Torch will be handed off from county to county for one thousand miles, until it reaches the Emory University Campus May 30th.

This is special Olympics largest fundraiser, something these officers look forward to. Dougherty County Police Lt. Dennis Dawson said "We're able to help send local athletes to the Atlanta Games. So they can participate. It gives them a sense of teamwork and helps them with their friends."

A hot humid morning for pounding the pavement.But lots of smiles as law enforcement officers and Marines carry the Flame of Hope, to raise money for Special Olympics.

In Georgia 15 hundred law enforcement officers from 150 different agencies will carry the Special Olympics torch one thousand miles. Nationwide the program raises over 20 million dollars to sponsor Special Olympics.

posted at 3:32 by jimw@walb.com

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