I first learned of the partnership between law enforcement and the Special Olympics in 2015, shortly after I started my career as a police officer. My first involvement happened when I was granted the opportunity to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

I was foolish enough to think I would be able to run all 13 miles from Algonquin to McHenry, but I tried anyway. Around mile 10 I was in complete pain and couldn’t muster another step, hopping in a patrol vehicle to ride the rest of the way to the finish line. I felt discouraged that I couldn’t endure the whole leg of the Torch Run, but that discouragement turned to enthusiasm and adoration when I saw all the athletes crossing the finish line.

Since then I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend other Special Olympics events, but I think for me the Torch Run will always stand out the most. I am thankful that I am able to participate in these events, meet so many great people, and share in the celebration of triumph.

Thank you for your support to Special Olympics Illinois!

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