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May 14, 2004

Donalsonville - Normally when state troopers are on the highway, they're issuing tickets. On Friday, they were running from their cruisers in order to raise money for Special Olympics Georgia.

Specialist First Class Buddy Johnson says, "If they see us out here, it brings a little awareness to the public and they go out and put a little money towards this type thing and certainly we've promoted something positive to the community other than writing tickets and working bad wrecks."

And without the positive attitudes and actions, the Special Olympics would cease to exist. "That's how we run, " says Brandy Aaron, Special Olympics Liaison. "That's how we exist and if it wasn't for those people, we wouldn't be around, and so we're thankful for that."

Thankful for those who not only donate their time, but donate money. Johnson says, "If people will get out and give a little bit to help then it will give those kids something they may of never had a chance to have."

Just as it has already benefited the troopers. Captain George Whittaker says, "It's very rewarding. It's the most rewarding work I've done in 29 years of law enforcement, helping raise money for these athletes and seeing the community come out. It's just the most heartwarming feeling you can get."

The feeling of helping others. If you would to donate to Special Olympics Georgia, contact the Donalsonville State Patrol post at (229) 524-2177.

posted at 4:33 by karen.collier@walb.com