Members of the Wetumpka Police Department joined law enforcement from across the state to bring awareness to Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics through downtown.
It’s something the Wetumpka Police Department officers have been talking about amongst themselves for a while and took opportunities at conferences over the last several months to make happen.
“(WPD) deputy chief (Ed) Reeves and I have been talking for six, eight months, well since before the (January) tornado about getting them involved in the torch run and raising awareness about Special Olympics,” Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Capt. George Beaudry said.
The planning goes back several months and Beaudry said events earlier this year did not stop the run from happening Friday morning at Gold Star Park going through downtown Wetumpka.
“A tornado came through and destroyed their department and some vehicles,” Beaudry said. “It was devastating for them and it’s awesome that in the middle of all that (Reeves) said, ‘I still want y’all to come.’ I think that is pretty awesome.”
The torch run left Wetumpka to make a stop in Montgomery before finishing the day in Troy for the state games where competitors from across the state were joined by law enforcement officers, who welcomed the competitors.
The run started with a motorcade of cars crossing the Bibb Graves Bridge entering Gold Star Park. Officers then formed up behind the torch to run in formation.
“No one gets in front of the torch,” Beaudry said.
Reeves was happy to see the event come through town bringing awareness to some of the good things law enforcement officers do in Wetumpka, Elmore County and beyond.
“I think this is a good event and good for the city of Wetumpka,” Reeves said. “Special Olympics is a great thing and we’re happy to play a small role in it.”