Annual Torch Run in Ouachita Parish to support the Louisiana Special Olympics

Police and corrections officers smile at the camera after completing the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. The Run was a total of four miles and included a stop at the Jasper County Courthouse for

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This week is the annual torch run in support of Louisiana Special Olympics.

The torch run culminates Thursday evening at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

Local law enforcement officers had a special reason for running in the heat today across Northeast Louisiana. The event takes place across the state to honor Special Olympics Texas athletes, as they prepare for the Special Olympics Texas Summer Games.

At that time, PPD Chief Andy Harvey, Lt. Richard Johnson, Corp. Joseph Hesseltine, Officer Nathan Perkins, School Resource Officer Yvette Durbin, and Dispatch Chastity Salazar will begin their leg of the journey.

Despite the heat, officers came together to run for a greater cause. This year is the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics and the 30th anniversary for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Police officers wave from atop the Dunkin' Donuts on Route 47 in Yorkville at the 2016 Cop on a Rooftop event.

"It's just an fantastic feeling getting to meet more athletes from across the state and other law enforcement officers, and they always have such a great group of people that we go with", school resource officer Michelle Paulsen said.

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