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The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) is hosting the upcoming Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Publix Supermarket is one of the largest sponsors of Special Olympics Florida. Each year a staff member of the Sheriff’s Office along with a Special Olympic Athlete visits Publix and meets with the managers to discuss the upcoming event.

Recently OCSO Victim Service Coordinator Joan Johnson and Special Olympic Athlete James Kennedy met with Assistant Customer Service Leader Kristen Lizza and Customer Service Team Leader Matt Strickland to finalize the plans for the big day!

The Sheriff’s Office would like to invite everyone out for this event. Anyone can participate in the torch run. The only requirement is runners must purchase a shirt of the current years run. Runners will meet at the Sheriff’s Office on Friday at 8:30 a.m. and the run will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Runners will proceed south on NW 5th Avenue to Highway 70; turn left and proceed to Highway 441; turn right and proceed to Publix Supermarket. The run is approximately three miles. Once at Publix, runners will meet with Special Olympic Athletes who will then proceed with their torch run through the parking lot, ending with medals being presented.

And lastly on Friday, OCSO will have BBQ ribs for sale. You can purchase a ½ rack rib dinner with potato salad, green beans and garlic bread for $10.00 or you can purchase a whole rack of ribs for $20.00.

If you’d like to order a dinner, call (863)763-3117, ask for Ronda, Joan or Michele. Lunch will start being served at 10:30. Deliveries available.

If you’ve never attended our Law Enforcement Torch Run, please join us. When you see the look on the Special Olympic Athletes’ face and the sparkle in their eye receiving their medals you will never miss another torch run!

If you can’t be at Publix, come out from your homes or businesses and cheer on all the runners. See you there!

Michele Bell, PIO

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