Members of the Franklin County law enforcement community, from correctional officers to sheriff’s deputies to city policemen, all joined in Friday in the annual Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics.
A crew from Franklin Correctional Institution joined with sheriff’s deputies and police officers from both Apalachicola and Carrabelle to handle the county’s leg of the 1,500-mile cross-state run, to all 67 counties, which ends May 17 when police officers from across the state bring the Flame of Hope into the Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games opening ceremony in Lake Buena Vista.
Local organizer Sgt. Jason Register said in addition to the law enforcement people who ran, he was pleased to have secured the support of two busses filled with students from Franklin County Schools who will take part in the Friday, April 26 countywide Special Olympics.
He said teacher Stacie DeVaughn was instrumental in organizing the bus trip, and he plans to return the favor by lining up local law enforcement volunteers who will assist in the upcoming games at Franklin County High School.
“We definitely want to show support and be there for the kids,” Register said.
The run started at 9 a.m. at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library, and then ran the torch to Battery Park. The group traveled to Taylor’s Building Supply, in hopes of running a leg through Eastpoint, but lightning overhead forced cancellation. The Carrabelle leg started at the Moorings Marina at the foot of the Carrabelle bridge and went to George Sands Park.