Front row: Deb Smith, Kelsey Haugen and Detective Cori Shackleton. Back row: Andrew Fox, Patricia Duemmell, Tyler Fryber (athlete), Chief Randy Celori, Macy Berg and Larry Berg (past athlete). Not pictured: Detective Julie Jamison who also ran a portion of the course.
The Lake Stevens Police Department has been a long time supporter of the Special Olympics in Snohomish County and the State of Washington.
On Thursday, May 31, several police officers, along with Special Olympic participants and Miss Aquafest Ambassador Macy Berg, ran the torch throughout the streets of Lake Stevens after it was handed off by Marysville police.
“I’ve been involved for the last four years but I know the police department has been involved for a long time before that,” Deb Smith of the Lake Stevens Police Department said.
Other police departments across Snohomish County also participate in the torch run each year including Arlington, Marysville and Tulalip. These departments raise money to donate to the Special Olympics in Snohomish County.
“Departments throughout the county have fundraisers like Tips for Cops, car washes and a motorcycle ride every year,” Smith said. “This year the motorcycle ride will be in August.”
Entrants pay a fee to participate when they sign up in advance. The ride includes a Bingo run where cyclists collect items at each stop to fill their Bingo card.
“They are served breakfast and a barbeque lunch which usually includes burgers, hot dogs and even salmon,” Smith said. “All of the food is donated.”
Riders end up at the Tulalip Amphitheater where they are served lunch.
The Lake Stevens Police were also able to hand out medals to Special Olympics athletes during the Snohomish County games.