Law enforcement officers from Ashley and Drew counties recently participated in the Area 12 leg of the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas.

The torch run involves multiple agencies beginning at each of the four corners of Arkansas making its way to the 2015 Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games in Searcy to light the Flame of Hope which burns throughout the games competition.

Ashley County Torch Run

The Area 12 portion of the torch run began in Ashley County, with runners from Ashley County Sheriff’s Office, Crossett Police Department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Hamburg District Court, passing through Hamburg to the Ashley/Drew county line where they passed the torch to the Drew County Sheriff’s Office. Drew County law enforcement officers continued into Monticello with a stop by the Discovery Skills Center before continuing to the Monticello town square. The Drew County/Monticello leg was escorted by the Arkansas State Police and had runners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Drew County Sheriff’s Department, and Monticello Police Department.

“I was overwhelmed and touched by the continued support of our law enforcement community and their commitment to our athletes,” said Tierra Stewart, Area 12 co-director and Leg coordinator. “We are so thankful for everyone involved in the torch run and other Law Enforcement Torch Run activities.”

Special Olympics Area 12 includes Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha and Drew counties. Directors are Ked Donham and Tierra Stewart.

Special Olympics Arkansas supports 14,000 athletes across the states that compete and train year-round in 20 different Olympic-type sports. In addition to their 240 competitions throughout the state Special Olympics Arkansas offers programming in education and health and wellness.