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SRPMIC Public Safety Workers Carry Special Olympics Torch Through Community

Members of the Salt River Police Department, Salt River Department of Corrections and the Tribal Prosecutor's Office, along with members of the Fort McDowell Police Department, participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s finest biked, walked and ran through the 100-degree heat on May 4 to bring awareness to the Special Olympics program.

For the 26th consecutive year, the Salt River Police Department participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which raises awareness and funds for Special Olympics.

SRPD Chief Karl Auerbach accepted the torch from Fort McDowell Police Department Sgt. Jesse Puffer at the intersection of Shea Boulevard and Beeline Highway shortly before noon at the northeastern border of the Community.

Law Enforcement Torch Run particpants bike south on Beeline Highway.
Joined by members of the Salt River Fire Department, the Salt River Department of Corrections and the Tribal Prosecutor’s Office, Auerbach biked most of the planned route southwest on Beeline Highway to near McDowell Road. Participants also walked or ran a stretch of the roughly 12-mile route. The torch was carried by one of the roughly 30 participants at all times. It was then handed off to the Mesa Police Department, who continued the LETR.

SRPD Chief Karl Auerbach (center) leads the SRPMIC public safety caravan as part of the local effort of the Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 4.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run started in 1981 and is a series of state-to-state and within-state runs throughout the United States and the world during the spring and summer. Each year, money raised by the LETR goes directly to support Special Olympics athletes.