On Thursday, Sheriff Craig Webre, along with a contingent of deputies from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and officers from surrounding law enforcement agencies, took part in the 2015 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Sheriff Webre first participated in the Torch Run in 2012, and has returned each year to carry the torch. Several deputies participated, running and biking alongside Sheriff Webre along with Special Olympics athletes. Thursday’s torch run leads up to the 2015 State Summer Games which are scheduled to begin with the opening ceremonies Friday, May 22 in Hammond.
“This is an event I now look forward to each and every year,” said Sheriff Webre. “It is a great experience to see the people in the community come out to support the event, and it’s a honor to participate for such a great cause. Good luck to all the athletes heading to Hammond to compete in the Special Olympics.”
Louisiana State Police began the run at Troop C in Gray carrying the Flame of Hope to the Colonels Truck Plaza in Thibodaux where the torch was handed off to members of the Thibodaux Police Department accompanied by Sheriff Webre and LPSO deputies. Later as the group headed toward Downtown Thibodaux, the torch was handed off from Thibodaux Police to members of the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole who carried the torch to City Hall in Thibodaux. At City Hall, several agencies and individuals were recognized for their fundraising efforts for Special Olympics. The torch then made its way down Canal Street, then 7th Street, eventually making its way to LA Highway 1 where it was carried in front the campus of Nicholls State University.
After passing the campus, the runners and cyclists packed up and headed to St. Charles Elementary School in Thibodaux where runners and cyclists greeted students, faculty and staff at the school. Upon leaving the school, the torch headed to Raceland and began the final leg of Thursday’s run down LA 1, from its intersection with LA Highway 182 all the way to the Lafourche Central Market near U.S. Highway 90. There, a large crowd of citizens from Lafourche ARC, as well as other Special Olympians and members of the local community, cheered on the torch run participants as they concluded the Lafourche leg of the run. Members of the Sheriff’s Office and the community were also there helping prepare a feast for the participants and spectators.
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is designed to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics Louisiana. LPSO Lieutenant Nancy Comardelle serves as the Leg Leader for the Bayouland Parishes portion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Bayouland Parishes include Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Charles, St. John, St. James and Assumption. For more information on Special Olympics Louisiana, visit their website at www.laso.org.