Police kick off Special Olympics torch run at the U.S.-Mexico border
Story by Lucy Valencia, Assignment Desk Editor - email
SAN LUIS, Arizona (13 On Your Side) - San Luis Arizona police officers kicked off the Arizona Special Olympics with this year's torch run.
And they did it with a little help from police from across the border, in Mexico, for the first time.
The relay began literally at the border.
Mexican authorities handed off the torch to San Luis Arizona police officers.
They then ran their portion of the run before handing off the torch to their counterparts.
This was the first year San Luis took part in the Special Olympics event.
They tell 13 On Your Side that they were more than excited to get involved in a positive way.
"We actually had San Luis Police Department from Mexico get involved, so that was an honor, bringing the torch in from Mexico into the United States," said Detective Ernesto Prieto, from the San Luis Police Department.
"I believe we managed to touch a lot of hearts and make a huge difference within the Arizona special Olympics."
San Luis police have held other events this month to raise funds for the Special Olympics statewide organization.
For information about helping out the Special Olympics, call the San Luis Police Department at (928) 341-2420. They also conduct various athletic events throughout the year to raise money for the Special Olympics.
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