Local officers raise money for Special Olympics through Law Enforcement Torch Run

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Officers from another local police department lace up their running shoes to carry on a long tradition.

Rockford Police started their leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. This is the largest year-round fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois.

Officers started at Rockvale Children’s Home on Rockton Avenue and ran to the District 2 Headquarters.

The annual event started in 1986. It’s raised almost $51 million since.

Officers say the several-mile run is worth every step.

“It’s a good cause, it’s a chance to serve a population that has sometimes not been served the way we should,” said Walt Felton, Lieutenant at the Rockford Police Department. “The torch run is the biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics in Illinois.”

The torch travels nearly 1,500 miles to Normal, Illinois for the summer games on Friday.

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