Special Olympics torch runs through Lawton
Members of the Lawton Police Department carried the proverbial torch from Hollis to the city's east limits Monday.
The department supports Special Olympics Oklahoma throughout the year with several events, including a polar plunge earlier this year. Sgt. Danny Smith, one of the organizers and participants in Monday's run, said Lawton Police just want to help the community.
"This is part of our law enforcement outreach," he said. "We do Tip-a-Cop and the Polar Plunge and this to help out the community. This will be the last event that we do for Special Olympics this year and it's a big one."
The torch which was made out of paper, instead of actual flames for multiple reasons began its journey in Harmon County, on the Texas and Oklahoma border. It was bussed into Hollis, where Smith and other officers ran it from the town's far west town limits to the far east town limits about an 8-mile jog. Everyone was then bussed to Lawton, where the run resumed from Classic Chevrolet, on the city's far west limits. Smith and company ran south down Northwest 82nd street and then across West Gore until they arrived at the Lawton Police Department at the intersection of Southwest 4th and Southwest A for a well-deserved break. The officers then picked up the pace again and ran from the station, east along Gore Boulevard, passing MacArthur High School along the way. Dozens of students many of whom will be participants in the Special Olympics games later this week lined the street to cheer on the officers. They then finished the final leg of the run at Country Mart on Lawton's east city limits.