Written by: Alanna Quillen , WPTV Webteam
Police were out in force Wednesday morning in Palm Beach County. Their mission wasn’t to fight crime, but take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida.
Every year more than 5,000 officers carry the torch through 67 counties in the state, according to Special Olympics Florida.
The torch run helps raise money to benefit the athletes participating in the program. Funds are raised through contributions from businesses and individuals through the sales of torch run t-shirts and caps. There are several ways to donate.
“I’ve been with Special Olympics since age 11. I was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. People thought I wouldn’t be able to walk and talk…and look where I am now,” said Special Olympics basketball player Ryan Hoffman.
“We do it for the event, we do it for the cause. So to have law enforcement this involved in it, it’s two passions of mine. So it works out well,” said West Palm Beach Police Chief Sarah Mooney.
Chief Mooney and her husband Bob helped organize today’s run. Her stepson was born with Down syndrome and was involved in Special Olympics before his death in 2007.
Wednesday’s run began at the corner of Hypoluxo Road and U.S. 1. and ended more than three miles later at the Royal Palm School.