YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A group of officers from the Youngstown Police Department, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol raised awareness for the Special Olympics on Monday.
They lit the Flame of Hope and took off on the local leg of the Ohio Torch Run from Mahoning Avenue to YSU.
For some officers in the group, the Flame of Hope has become an important part of their lives.
“I signed up for it and the first time I was able to interact with the athletes, I had been hooked,” said Director Jim Savage. “I have two daughters who run the Torch Run, and one that actually went on to become a Special Ed teacher after she ran with us a few years and went on to college.”
Through Sunday, over 2,000 officers will run, bike or ride in community legs of the Ohio Torch Run, which raises more than half a million dollars for the Special Olympics.
The 47th Special Olympics Ohio takes place this weekend at Ohio State University. It helps more than 23,000 adults and children statewide each year.