BRISTOL – It was a special year for the Bristol police officers who helped carry the torch on Thursday for the Special Olympics of Connecticut.
Officers in Bristol joined departments all over the state in the annual torch run, taking it from police in Wolcott before passing it on at the Farmington town line. For a variety of reasons over the past few years, Special Olympics athletes did not run alongside officers – a tradition generally done in previous torch runs.
This year, Bristol police Chief Brian Gould said, they were able to get back to what the torch run is all about.
“It was great,” Gould said. “It was just awesome.”
“What was really special about this year is that we had the athletes with us,” the chief continued, adding that participation from Bristol police was higher than usual on Thursday.
Bristol police throughout the year hold a number of fundraisers that benefit the Special Olympics of Connecticut, including the tip-a-cop event. Last year, the Bristol Police Department finished second in the state among departments that raised funds for this cause.
All of it, the chief said, is about supporting the brave athletes of the Special Olympics of Connecticut.
“It’s extremely inspiring,” Gould said. “It’s just a privilege to run with them.”
“It was a great day. We’re very thankful for all the Bristol police officers who participated and the mayor.”
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