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Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officials Take Part In Special Olympics Torch Run

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WAUKESHA (WITI) — The Special Olympics of Wisconsin got off to a running start on Thursday, June 5th with the Law Enforcement Torch run in Waukesha.

Dozens of law enforcement officials, athletes and Gov. Scott Walker came out to run for the 28th year of the event that helps raise money for the Special Olympics.

More than 1,300 people will run, cycle, and rollerblade with the torch, getting it to Stevens Point in time for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Special Olympics which start Friday night, June 6th.

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department had their entire tactical team, K-9 unit, all their correctional officers, and most of their command staff on hand to run just under two miles from the Waukesha County Courthouse to the Waukesha Police Department.

It meant a lot to them, and to the athletes.

“It’s just a small way for law enforcement to say we support these special athletes. We support these Special Olympians and it`s the least we can do,” said Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki.

“It’s an amazing sight that a lot of them came,” said Zechariah Tietz, an athlete who held the torch and led the run.

More than 85,000 law enforcement officers across the globe raised over $42 million dollars for Special Olympics.

Of that, $2.4 million was raised in Wisconsin — making the Wisconsin torch run the sixth-highest grossing program in the world.

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