On Friday, May 26, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., Chief Pughes, Chief Stokes and Chief Tittle joined members of the Dallas Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. They observed a moment of silence before the run in honor of fallen officers. The run began at the University of Texas at Arlington’s KC Dorm and ended at the Maverick Stadium. They were cheered on by students, Special Olympics Athletes and their families.
After the run, a presentation was given to thank the sponsors and volunteers that make the Special Olympics games possible. Deborah Joseph, a Dallas Police Department employee, has been volunteering for the Special Olympics for 20 years and was recently awarded the Unsung Hero award from the Special Olympics.
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., members of the Dallas Police Department set out on a mission. This was not one of enforcement, but awareness. Several department members ran on behalf of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, while carrying The Torch of Hope. The run began at Dallas Police Headquarters and ended in the middle of Southern Methodist University campus. “The run was to bring awareness to the Special Olympics and what it stands for,” said Sergeant Thomas Sible. During the run, participants ran passed several elementary schools to give high fives to students along the route. The schools the runners passed along the way were holding penny drives to collect money for Special Olympics and the participants made sure to thank them for their support.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was started in 1981 by Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon, and is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. Law enforcement officers throughout the world carry the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of their communities and deliver it to their local, state, national, or world Special Olympics Games.