Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office holds annual torch run

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 7:31 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Since 2009, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has hosted their annual law enforcement torch run for the Special Olympics.

The event is an international series of torch relays ran by law enforcement officers leading up to the kick-off of the Special Olympic Summer Games.

Enforcement Division Commander Gene Pittman says this is something they look forward to every year.

“Folks feel really good about supporting the cause, and it’s something that we look forward to doing every year. Law enforcement, at least here locally, has always taken pride in it.”

The roughly three-mile-long run started at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy and ended at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Just over 60 participants geared up their laces and embarked on today’s run.

The McNeese State University Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol, and many other departments came out for the event to spread awareness.

This year, they were able to raise around $3,000 to help raise awareness for the Special Olympics.

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