The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office participated in the 2016 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on Monday, June 6.
Members of the sheriff’s office, Team Patrick County and other individuals left the steps of the Patrick County Courthouse at 7 a.m. and ran the “Flame of Hope” to the Henry County line where they passed the torch to runners from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Martinsville Police Department continued carrying the torch to the Pittsylvania County line. The “Flame of Hope” will be carried to the capitol steps in Richmond.
Deputy Randy Clark organized the local event. He said this is the ninth year the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office has participated in the run, which is aimed at helping people with disabilities.
The torch run is a fund-raising event in which law enforcement officers run the “Flame of Hope” to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics competition.
The local sheriff’s office was joined this year by the Patrick County Running Team, a group of Patrick County educators and other individuals from Patrick County.
More than 85,000 law enforcement agencies worldwide will participate.