Officers raise $500K statewide for Special Olympics

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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ron Gay holds the torch on Wednesday while leading fellow law enforcement officers during Wednesday's Law Enforcement Torch Run. The event raises awareness and funds for area Special Olympics.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 16:46 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Florida law enforcement agencies reportedly have raised more than $500,000 for the Special Olympics.

Officers across the state carried torches, sold commemorative T-shirts and hats and collected corporate donations for the sports organization that celebrates intellectually disabled people’s achievements.

"The money will be filtered into each county to use on Special Olympics," said Kim Christopher, Okaloosa Special Olympics’ administrative assistant.

Officers from the Crestview Police Department, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and Florida Highway Patrol on Wednesday morning gathered in the Publix Supermarket parking lot for this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run. The officers took turns carrying the torch as they ran up south Ferdon Boulevard. Police cruisers escorted them from the parking lot to the Veterans Memorial in Downtown Crestview. 

"Its all in the name of Special Olympics," said Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ron Gay, who helped coordinate the event.

Officers who serve in other parts of the county, including Fort Walton Beach and Niceville, joined in.

"This annual event is geared towards awareness, so we do what we can,” said Kathy Duke, an officer from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department.



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