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Posted on: July 11, 2018

[ARCHIVED] USA Special Olympics Torch Run Final Leg


Each year the Fraternal Order of Police in partnership with the Twin Falls Police Department works to support the Special Olympics through several fund raising activities.  Over the past 7 years, Detective Josh Hayes has taken the lead for the FOP and Twin Falls Police Department in organizing and coordinating these activities.  Detective Hayes was recognized for all of his work and support of the Special Olympics this past June.

Every 4 years, the Special Olympics holds their USA Games at select cities throughout our country.  This year the USA Special Olympic Games were held in Seattle Washington from July 1, 2018, through July 7, 2018.  The Special Olympics ask each state to select one Law Enforcement Officer to represent the State during the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg.  Twin Falls Police Department Detective Josh Hayes was nominated and selected to attend the games this year as Idaho’s Law Enforcement delegate.  Detective Hayes was in Washington from June 26, 2018 through July 1, 2018 to participate in the Torch Run Final Leg and the Opening Ceremonies of the games. 

All of the Law Enforcement delegates, including Detective Hayes, accompanied six athletes while running through 38 cities in 5 days for a total of 40 miles of running.  The group traveled over 1200 miles to complete their tour of Washington before the Opening Ceremonies. Detective Hayes was also honored to lead the Idaho Athletes participating in the games into Huskie Arena during the Opening Ceremonies.   The purpose of the Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise awareness and support for the Special Olympics. 

The Twin Falls Police Department would like to say Thank You to Detective Hayes as well as the Twin Falls Community for all your work and support for the Special Olympics.  We are proud of you Detective Hayes. 

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