Torch Run supports Special Olympics

Published 9:54 am Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Farmville Police Department held its first Law Enforcement Torch Run 5K in support of the Virginia Special Olympics recently.

According to Patrol Cpl. Chris Hudson, the event is organized across the state to raise awareness for Special Olympics.

Members of the community smile while preparing for the Torch Run 5K. Pictured are, from left, Belen Patterson, Prince Edward County Sheriff Wesley Reed, Farmville 801 District Pattie Cooper-Jones and Farmville Police Chief Andy Ellington.

“We have been selling T-shirts and hats to raise funds,” Hudson said. “These shirts and hats were donated to us by Third Street Wrecker Service, of Farmville, and H&M Logging Inc., of South Boston.”

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Hudson said 25 volunteers showed up from different agencies for the Torch Run, including those from the Farmville Police Department, Longwood University Police Department, Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office, Farmville Volunteer Fire Department and Prince Edward County Volunteer Rescue along with numerous town and county citizens.

He said the department raised $1,995 for Special Olympics.

“We will continue to sell their shirts and hats until we are sold out,” Hudson said. “I would like to thank everyone for making this a very successful event. We look forward to continuing this event each year.”

Farmville Police Chief Andy Ellington said he was glad the Torch Run came to Farmville.

“I think it’s a wonderful event. I was really excited to see it come to Farmville for the first time. I think it’s a project that we’ll continue to do, and hopefully it will grow larger and larger in the years to come,” Ellington said.

According to the Virginia Special Olympics website, the summer games will take place in Richmond on June 9-10.