This week begins the single largest year round fund raising event benefitting Special Olympics of Illinois.
This past Sunday area law enforcement began taking their turn running with the Flame of Hope torch for Special Olympics. The torch will make its way to Oregon on Wednesday where Ogle County Deputies, Oregon and Rochelle Police will run through the streets of Oregon.
Sheriff Brian Van Vickle said they will do their traditional stop at the Ogle County Courthouse and take pictures with residents of the Village of Progress.
Later in the morning the torch will be passed off to Sterling and Rock Falls Police and Illinois State Troopers for a run through Sterling and Rock Falls.
Thursday morning Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies will join forces with Dixon Police for their turn at carrying the torch.
Van Vickle said the Special Olympics have a special place in the heart of law enforcement. Throughout the year they help to raise funds through such events as the Polar Plunge and the torch run. This year several departments, including Ogle County, did the Cop on a Roof Campaign where they spent time on the roof of a local Dunkin Donuts to raise money for Special Olympics.
Van Vickle said if you want to help out by donating you can go to the Special Olympics website and make your donation.