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|Passing the Torch in Galesburg
|It wasn't the most ideal day to go for a jog Wednesday, but to hear local law enforcement officials tell it, it was for a very good cause.
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way into Galesburg Wednesday. Police officers from Moline, Milan, and the rest of the Illinois Quad Cities passed the Special Olympics torch on to Galesburg Police officers, ahead of the pass-off to Peoria-area officers Thursday.
Galesburg Police Investigator Brad Cirimotich ran the torch run for the first time, and tells WGIL he's glad he did.
"It's important to us, it's something we take part in every year, it's a proud moment to be able to do this for the community."
Cirimotich says the Torch Run is something he and his fellow police officers always look forward to no matter how they help out.
"I think the excitement always builds a little bit, it's just my pleasure to be out here with a fine group of people that we have hear and take part in this."
Cirimotich ran about four miles Wednesday in temperatures in the mid-90's, but said he didn't mind, and runs in conditions like that all the time.
The Illinois Special Olympics start in Normal at Illinois State University Friday. An estimated $3 million is expected to be raised from various legs of the Torch Run.
(Runners in the Law Enforcement Torch Run make their way to St. Mary's Square Wednesday afternoon, flanked by Galesburg, Moline, and Milan Police vehicles.)
(Galesburg Police Investigator Brad Cirimotich, right, is joined by other officers as they complete their leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Wednesday. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|06 09 11 by Newsroom
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