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Officers help with Special Olympics

by: Photo By Brian Liebenstein - Athletes from area Special Olympics chapters -- along with fellow law enforcement personnel Don Courtney and Chris Elliott, near the back -- follow Tim Hankins, with the torch, during  the Law Enforcement Torch Run  for Special Olympics of Oregon last Thursday.


   Members of area Special Olympics teams from Jefferson County, Deschutes County and Crook County paired with law enforcement personnel from each of those areas to transport a torch through Madras on Thursday. Running from near the North y to a parking area between H and I on Fourth, the group was getting the torch on its way to the State Games in Eugene which the athletes took part in on Saturday and Sunday.
   There were nearly a dozen members of law enforcement agencies who either ran or escorted Special Olympics athletes from all three counties in Central Oregon. Track and field events were held, along with weight lifting, June 6 and 7 in Eugene.
   The group of 10 athletes from Jefferson County who went did well, obtaining medals in most their events and ribbons for their placing in others. Divisional competition gives each Special Olympics athlete at least the opportunity to claim self esteem that is at the core of the program.
   Those officers who ran with the athletes Thursday included Tim Hankins from Madras, Chris Elliott from Warm Springs, Dawn Reeher from Prineville and Don Courtney from Warm Springs.
   Jefferson County was represented among the athletes by Stacy Alley, Bradford Courtney and David Fuentes. Others from the area taking part included John-Paul Monroe, Quinton Queen, Darren Laughlin, Corey Barnett and Sharon Wolfe, plus others.
   Officers and others helping keep the athletes' path clear included Karol Taynton, Cory Chase, Earl Cordes, Jimmy O'Daniel and Vicki Monroe (of Special Olympics).