Okaloosa law enforcement officials: loyal Special Olympics supporters (PHOTOS)


Crestview police officers Justin Reed and Josh Grace, and Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeremiah Dowdy — carrying the torch — run Wednesday down Main Street in Crestview during the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 08:00 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Special Olympics Okaloosa County annually has a loyal group of supporters who raise awareness and funding for the organization.

And you could say that those supporters are some of the county's finest.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has raised more than $3,000 for Special Olympics in the past four years, according to OCSO Capt. Ron Gay, the Law Enforcement Torch Run organizer. The group reportedly has raised $780 this year alone.

PHOTOS: See 7 photos from the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics>>

Deputies run, along with the iconic torch, from the Publix grocery store parking lot on State Road 85 to the Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial in downtown Crestview, and they sell Torch Run hats and T-shirts.

Proceeds help pay for athletes' uniforms and travel expenses for attending the Special Olympics state events.

Wednesday's cool morning weather didn't deter the tradition, as several OCSO personnel, along with the Florida Highway Patrol, the Crestview and Fort Walton Beach police departments, Florida Department of Corrections and local probation and parole officials, showed their support. 

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