The 40th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics made its way through Holmes and Washington Counties recently.
There were several agencies represented including Holmes Correctional Institution, Northwest Florida Reception Center, Washington County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Chipley Police Department, Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole and members of Florida Panhandle Technical Collegeâ€™s Criminal Justice class.
These agencies joined more than 300 other agencies across the state in what is recognized as the largest fundraising and public awareness project for Special Olympics Florida.
Each year, the Flame of Hope is carried by more than 5,000 officers on a 1,500-mile relay through Floridaâ€™s 67 counties. The Special Olympics reports that since inception, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than half a billion dollars nationwide and has â€œchanged millions of attitudes by engaging law enforcement officers worldwide to be champions of acceptance and inclusion.â€
The relay, which began last month, is the precursor to the Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games and will end with officers bringing the Flame of Hope into the Special Olympics Stadium.