Running and walking, pedaling bicycles and riding motorcycles, two dozen supporters of the Special Olympics greeted the torch at Isabella Street on June 5 and escorted it to the Evanston Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave. The torch run began in Winthrop Harbor and would ended in Bloomington, for the start of the games on June 10.
Twelve of the supporters are Special Olympics athletes, said Evanston Police Officer Grace Carmichael, who with colleague Heidi Bernhardt organized the Evanston sector of the torch run. Law enforcement agencies have supported Special Olympics for many years, and the Evanston Police Department was represented by detectives and by members of the department’s motor squad division.
Deputy Chief Jason Parrott, one of the runners, said, “Special Olympics is very important to law enforcement, giving special athletes the opportunity to compete.”