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Wyoming Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Celebrated


Posted Date: 05/09/2019

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The 2019 Wyoming Law Enforcement Torch Run began April 26th in Cody, Wyoming on its way to Laramie to the State Special Olympic Games opening ceremony that takes place on Thursday, May 9th. Six lucky local athletes were on hand on Wednesday, May 8th, when the torch arrived in Wheatland and ran the “Flame of Hope” from the Platte County Courthouse to the Wheatland Police Department.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, KS Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the Torch Run. Special Olympics decided to endorse the Law Enforcement Torch Run and, Wichita became the “Founding Law Enforcement Organization” 38 years ago. With the ongoing support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has become the movement's largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.

Athletes pictured are from left to right: Eli Jaren, Monika Ockinga, Cherokee Huston, Miranda Ockinga, Kaitlyn Huston, and Jordan McClain.