On Thursday, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre, along with a contingent of LPSO deputies, took part in the 29th Annual Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting the Special Olympics. This year, Sheriff Webre, himself, carried the torch running with the group for the first time. Several deputies and Special Olympics athletes ran alongside Sheriff Webre while others rode bicycles to show their support. Thursdays torch run leads up to the 2012 State Summer Games which are scheduled to begin with the opening ceremonies Friday, May 18 in Hammond.
It was truly an honor and a privilege to be able to participate in Thursdays torch run, said Sheriff Craig Webre. I want to thank all the participants who made this event possible, and I certainly want to wish good luck to our athletes headed to the Special Olympics in Hammond.
Louisiana State Police began the run at Troop C in Gray carrying the Flame of Hope to the Colonels Truck Plaza in Thibodaux where the torch was handed off to members of the Thibodaux Police Department accompanied by Sheriff Webre and LPSO deputies. Later as the group headed toward Downtown Thibodaux, the torch was handed off from Thibodaux Police to members of the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole who carried the torch to City Hall in Thibodaux. Following a brief presentation by Special Olympics, Sheriff Webre led the group of officers by carrying the torch through the Nicholls State University campus and back to LA Highway 1. After passing the campus, the runners and cyclists packed up and headed to St. Charles Elementary School in Thibodaux where runners and cyclists greeted students, faculty and staff at the school. Upon leaving the school, the contingent headed to Raceland and began the final leg of todays run near the intersection of LA Highway 182 and LA Highway 1.
From there, the torch was carried the rest of the way to the Raceland Recreation Center where a crowd of more than 60 citizens from Lafourche ARCs Plaisance Center in Lockport and Grenier Industries in Thibodaux, as well as other Special Olympians, cheered on the torch run participants as they concluded the Lafourche leg of the run. Members of the Sheriffs Office were also there helping prepare a feast for the participants and spectators.
In a special way, Sheriff Webre thanked LPSO Sgt. Nancy Comardelle for her tireless work with this event. Sgt. Comardelle serves as the Leg Leader for the Bayouland Parishes portion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Bayouland Parishes include Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Charles, St. John, St. James and Assumption. Sheriff Webre also thanked members of Lafourche Parish Recreation District #1 for their assistance in providing the venue for todays closing event.