Jones County authorities participate in Guardians of the Flame

Jones County authorities participate in Guardians of the Flame

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from JCSD 

For the second year in a row, law enforcement from various agencies in Jones County are suiting up and making a run for it.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a campaign to benefit the Special Olympics.

The campaign began in 1981 and has spread to include Sheriff's Deputies, Police Officers, Correction Officers, support staff, law enforcement volunteers and other law enforcement professionals throughout the world.

Those that participate in the LETR help spread the word about the benefits of Special Olympics and how the program helps define the brave participants of these programs as athletes, and not define them by their challenges.

This year, Jones County is proudly represented by law enforcement from the Jones County Sheriff's Department, Laurel Police Department, Ellisville Police Department and Jones County Junior College Campus Police.  Magnolia State Bank is sponsoring the runners and contributing to the Mississippi Special Olympics.

The LETR will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2016, beginning at the Laurel branch of Magnolia State Bank, on Highway 15 North, at Noon.  The run will head south on Highway 15, ending in the parking lot of Roses Department Store.

The group of 11 law enforcement officers and athletes competing in the State Games, will meet at 11:30am at Magnolia State Bank in Laurel for a photo opportunity prior to the run.  While carrying the flame, law enforcement and athletes are referred to as "Guardians of the Flame".