Law Enforcement Torch Run enters Rapides Parish to benefit the Special Olympics

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish portion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics kicked off on Wednesday morning with a run from Pineville to the Rapides Parish Courthouse.

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Officers, deputies, and members of the local city marshal's office carried the ceremonial torch for the portion of the statewide run that is in memory of Jimmy Chevalier, who was a warden with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office and once worked for the Alexandria Police Department. He was also the state director of the Torch Run for several years.

Together, they carried the "Flame of Hope" to raise awareness about the state Special Olympics and the upcoming summer games.

Tara Bounds, a local Special Olympics athlete who has been participating for nearly 30 years, was there to cheer them on. She was joined by her mother, Phyllis Mitchell, who told News Channel 5 that the run means so much to their family.

"People are going to support me and all the people in the Special Olympics," said Bounds."

"The awareness and the love and the participation they show for the athletes, it helps the community become aware of what the Special Olympics is if they don't know," said Mitchell of her gratitude to the law enforcement who participate. "They bring awareness to the public."

On Wednesday afternoon, the run continued as it stretched from the Alexandria Police Department to Louisiana State Police Troop E.

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