Torch run keeps Special Olympics flame burning

Published 12:09 am Wednesday, May 10, 2017

LAPLACE — St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre, along with several of his officers and a group of local citizens, participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana Thursday in LaPlace and Reserve.

The drizzling rain didn’t deter the cheering crowds at schools along the route, including John L. Ory, East St. John High, St. Peter and Riverside Academy.

An East St. John High student high fives Officer Stacey Millet.

Event organizer Lt. Denise Bertrand worked with longtime torch run supporter and SJSO retiree Greg Maurin to organize the event.

“We are excited to participate in this annual event that brings together law enforcement officers with community residents to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana,” Tregre said.

St. John officers join other law enforcement officers and citizens in carrying the Flame of Hope throughout the state, culminating with lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics Louisiana Summer Games May 19 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

After the run, a social was held at Frenier’s Landing in LaPlace. The St. John Sheriff’s Office appreciates the support of local donors: Tri-Parish Welding, Frisco’s Deli, Louisiana Federal Credit Union, Greg’s Neighborhood Market, Rusty’s Pool Hall, Frostop, and Knights of Columbus Council 5935.