Pictured: YCSO Deputy Michael Lewis accepting the Special Olympics torch in Skull Valley. Photo courtesy of YCSO
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YCSO deputy passes the torch for Special Olympics


Tara Alatorre
GLENDALE – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office participated in the law enforcement torch run on May 2, as part of 2018 Summer Special Olympics of Arizona, which took place at Raymond Kellis High School in Glendale on May 3-5.

The mission of the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Arizona statewide, and the program raises over a million dollars per year for its athletes.  This year Yavapai Sheriff Deputy Michael Lewis participated in the torch run.

Deputy Lewis accepted the torch from Prescott Police Officer Brandon Gerlack in Skull Valley, and rode 23 miles on a bicycle to the town of Yarnell. In Yarnell, Lewis passed on the torch to Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Allard.

“YCSO is honored to share in this event honoring special needs athletes participating in the Olympics,” stated Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator in a press release last week.

The torch run is the largest fundraising vehicle for the Special Olympics of Arizona and creates increased opportunities for its athletes.

“The Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises awareness and financial support for Special Olympics worldwide, law enforcement lends an important hand in celebrating the greatness in all people, especially individuals with intellectual disabilities,” state the Special Olympics Arizona website.

For more information regarding the special Olympics or the torch run visit specialolympicsarizona.org.