Annual Torch Run passes through Gonzales

Kyle Riviere
The sheriff's office partnered with COEA to make the Torch Run even better for the community's Special Olympians. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run passed through Gonzales last Thursday.

They began the 3.2-mile run at the Ascension Credit Union and eventually made it to the finish at COEA the Arc of East Ascension on East Ascension Complex Blvd.

This year, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office partnered with COEA to make the event even better for the community's Special Olympians.

COEA is a thriving agency in Gonzales and is known as the parish's primary resource for families in need of support for their child or family member suffering from developmental disabilities.

They offer community members an all-inclusive service and referral opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities and also senior citizens.

On Thursday, signs were made by both the COEA and the sheriff's office. After the run was completed by Sheriff Wiley and his deputies, they enjoyed a celebration of music and food with the COEA members.

The Torch Run unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana.

The torch is carried throughout the state until it gets to the Torch Run Final Leg. That's when the lighting of the cauldron officially opens the Special Olympics Louisiana Summer Games in Hammond.

The Torch Run involves more than 1,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies throughout the state.