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Police to hold vigil and events to raise funds for Special Olympics

By Seth Burkett ∑ 340-2355

Friday, police will carry a torch through town to Wal-Mart, where two officers will hold an overnight vigil on the rooftop to raise money for Special Olympics.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics begins at 8 a.m. at Decatur City Hall.

After a brief introduction, officers, athletes and volunteers will bear the torch to Wal-Mart, about five miles away.

After arriving at about 9 a.m., Decatur police officers Mike Hazel and Juan Penuelas will take up their positions on top of the store, where they will remain until 10 p.m. Saturday.

"We hope to raise $25,000 before we walk away," said police Capt. Ed Taylor.

That's the amount Taylor and officer Tom Little raised on the roof last year.

Last year's largest single donation was $2,500 from Woodmen of the World, but Taylor said most of the funds raised came from smaller donations made by members of the community.

Other events

Other events include:

  • Fingerprinting of children for parentsí personal records, Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • A drive-through area for courtesy inspection and installation of child safety seats by traffic safety officers, Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Child health and safety counseling with a local physician from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

  • A state trooper helicopter will be on display.

  • Local bands will play both days.

  • Special Olympics athletes will be there to talk with the community and accept donations.

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