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Warner Robins PD carries torch through town for Special Olympics

Warner Robins police carried a torch through town to raise awareness about Special Olympics.
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- Warner Robins Police officers were biking around town Wednesday morning for the annual Special Olympics torch run.

Police cars flashing lights could be seen guiding Georgia State Patrolmen on Feagin Mill Road as they passed one of 6 torches in the state, to Warner Robins officers.

"This is the way to get the word out about Special Olympics and get people to support it," said Captain John Clay, WRPD.

One of its supporters is Houston County Chief Detention Officer, Captain Beth Schaefer.

This is her fifth time participating in the run, and this year, she had a set of wheels.

"I run for my niece Maddie, who is a Special Olympic athlete," said Schaefer.

The annual run spans several counties. In Houston, the leg was about 20 miles long.

"Perry Police department ran it up to the Houston County Sheriff's Office," said Clay.

Clay says his department got the torch from GSP. WRPD biked from Feagin Mill, down Houston Lake Road to Watson Boulevard.

Then, the Department of Defense took over. The end goal is for every torch to end up at the capitol.

"Police departments are all heading to Atlanta for the summer games in June," said Clay.

While the outdoor exercise raises awareness for a very special cause, Schaefer adds, it also reminds people that officers aren't just focused on catching the bad guys.

"I think it's a good thing for the community to get out and be with our community and see us in a different light," said Schaefer.

The Special Olympics starts on May 30th. More than 1800 people competed last year.

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