14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
5/7/2014 - COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Members
of the 14th Security Forces Squadron participated in a "Torch Run" May 6
for Law Enforcement Week to benefit Mississippi Special Olympics.
"The Torch symbolizes the support law enforcement has for the Special
Olympics," said Maj. Brenton Pickrell, 14th Security Forces Squadron
commander. "It's something that we do annually for Police Week. It's a
time to support law enforcement as a profession and to remember the
fallen law enforcement officers historically and over the past year."
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there were 105 line-of-duty deaths in law enforcement nationwide in 2013.
Members passed the torch from person to person along a 2.3 mile route on base.
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is to
increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.
The event raises $42.6 million annually and recruits more than 15,000
law enforcement officers from all over the world. According to the
Special Olympics website, since the International Torch Run Program's
inception, it has raised more than US $414 million for Special Olympics
world-wide. More than 142,000 volunteers from 113 LETR programs across
all 50 states and 48 countries every year carry the "Flame of Hope",
raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics.
The torch that was passed around during the run began its journey in
Southaven, Miss. and was passed to Columbus AFB, Miss. as just one part
of its 300-mile journey that will end on Keesler Air Force Base signal
the beginning of the 2014 Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games May
9. The torch is carried through 21 communities by more than 100 agencies
throughout the state.
Pickrell said the Torch Run is something that law enforcement is proud of nationwide.