Law enforcement runs for Special Olympics

Herald/DAVID MORRIS - Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce staffers wave flags and cheer Tuesday as a Special Olympics torch carried by members of the city’s police department wind their way through the city before passing the torch to Fort Hood police en route to Killeen.

By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE – The Coryell County Sheriff's Office ran to the Copperas Cove Police Department from Ledger Furniture to pass the Special Olympics torch to Cove police officers Tuesday morning.

Shortly before noon, the torch was handed off to Cove police officers, who ran two miles around the city passing the Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Court, City Hall, library, Central Fire Department and the Utility Department.

A total of nine Cove police runners and three escorts participated in this year's event.

Cove police officers passed the torch run to Fort Hood police. The state torch runs will culminate at Thursday's opening ceremony of the Summer Special Olympics Games in Arlington, where officers from across the state will carry in the Flame of Hope.

"Every two years, law enforcement officers from around the world gather to carry the Flame of Hope in a Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg in honor of the Special Olympics World Summer or World Winter Games," the Special Olympics Web site stated.

Last November, Cove police officers traded in their badges for aprons and worked for tips as part of the Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Applebee's, also benefiting the Torch Run.

The officers handled the task of keeping cups filled, bringing out orders, bussing tables and even singing to patrons celebrating a birthday.

Wichita, Kan., Police Chief Richard LaMunyon began the event in 1981 as a means to raise funds and increase awareness of the Special Olympics.

The Torch Run was adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The IACP is recognized as the founding law enforcement organization of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

In 2008, Torch Runs raised $34 million. Torch Runs take place around the world.

Contact Alicia Lacy at or (254) 501-7476.

Read More in Thursday's Cove Herald.

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