Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics treks through parish

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The Louisiana Law Enforcement Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” Torch Run involving area law enforcement entered Natchitoches Parish on La. Hwy 1 North at the Natchitoches-Red River Parish line Tuesday afternoon, May 15.

Runners left the NSU Pavilion and a separate segment left La. Hwy 1 at Waterwell Road to travel down La. Hwy 1 through the communities of Natchez, Cypress, Montrose, Derry, Cloutierville, Monette Ferry and into Rapides Parish.

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Each year the torch relay involves more than 1,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the State. These include representatives of police and sheriff’s departments, constables, correctional facilities, District Attorney’s offices, military, probation and parole, state police, universities, US Marshals, ATF and others. The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.

The Flame of Hope Torch Run Final Leg will culminate with the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics Louisiana Summer Games in Hammond May 20. See additional photos page 7A.