MORRIS — Police sirens made the way for a group of joggers and bicyclists journeying across Morris Thursday morning.
The group, made up of Morris Police Department, Illinois State Police and Grundy County Sheriff’s Department personnel, carried an important piece of equipment as they made the nearly-one mile trip down Liberty Street from HealthSmart Fitness Center to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department — a torch.
Officer Derek Zumbahlen said the group was taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics — the torch started in Kane County and law enforcement officials throughout the state were relaying it and others to the site of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer games in Bloomington-Normal. The summer games open today.
Zumbahlen said the Torch Run is just another way for the department to show its support for the Special Olympics.
“Our department is very involved in Special Olympics,” he said, noting hosting Trivia Mania and a Faculty Vs. Fuzz basketball game fundraisers. “It’s all for Special Olympics, which is a great cause. We always have good support, good turnout.”
After they gathered in the parking lot of HealthSmart, a Morris Police Department SUV kicked off the route by turning on its siren and lights. The group was followed by Livingston County Sheriff’s Department squad cars, who would continue south down Illinois 47 after the Morris group finished at the Sheriff’s Department.
Officer Charles Newton took part in the ride by biking the route. He said it’s a great event, and he’s taken part in it each year it’s been taking place.
“Obviously, it’s a great cause,” he said.