Law enforcement takes part in torch run

Law enforcement takes part in torch run

Local law enforcement officials, front, from left, Josh Graven and Jeff Yenchko, and back, Jeff Bridge, Mark Goodman, Curt Walch, Chad Jewitt, Rachel Bettis, Clay Hoff and Brian Lawton. Graven, Hoff and Lawton ran once the torch arrived in Carlinville.

Local law enforcement officials, front, from left, Josh Graven and Jeff Yenchko, and back, Jeff Bridge, Mark Goodman, Curt Walch, Chad Jewitt, Rachel Bettis, Clay Hoff and Brian Lawton. Graven, Hoff and Lawton ran once the torch arrived in Carlinville.

By Daniel Winningham
Several members of local law enforcement agencies took part in day one of a three-day torch run ahead of the Special Olympics event in Bloomington.

Two individuals departed Gillespie and began running north toward Carlinville along Route 4.

The first day included more than 55 miles of running from Gillespie to Springfield. The second day went from the State Capitol and wound more than 42 miles to Atlanta. The last day was 18 miles from Atlanta to Bloomington.

Individuals from Illinois State Police District 18, the Gillespie Police Department and Carlinville Police Department participated, along with others from Macoupin County.

“It’s always nice to see kids cheer us on,” said Rachel Bettis of ISP District 18 in Litchfield. “A lot of times as police officers, you see the bad. With this, it’s a nice change to see the good side of the world.”