ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Law enforcement officers from around the area came out to take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Special Olympics opening ceremony takes place tomorrow evening. This was the second leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and their next stop is Reynoldsburg. Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lieutenant Melanie Appleman said she loves running in the Torch Run, and wants it to continue to grow.
“This is an amazing opportunity for us to get involved and to help raise money for such a wonderful, wonderful event. To give everybody the opportunity to compete and have that team competition, that spirit. It is one of the most amazing experiences for us to be a part of,” said Appleman.
The Profet’s Park Amrou Grotto hosted a pool tournament fundraiser, and raised 21 hundred dollars for the Special Olympics. There were numerous law enforcement divisions that attended the torch run. Appleman said she hopes they can get even more next year and have it keep growing each year.
Appleman added, “Here today, we had Zanesville Police Department help with our escort as well. Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department. We also came through New Concord so we had New Concord Police Department. Then we had Guernsey County Sheriff’s Department earlier this morning and we came through Cambridge earlier. We try to pick up as many law enforcement agencies across and next year we hope to get even more so the idea is to try to build this out every year and to get as much involvement as we possibly can.”
Appleman believes tomorrow’s run will be great, and loves seeing the athlete’s competitive nature and the smile on their faces.