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As sirens blared through the downtown core on Monday, June 12, people poured out of stores and businesses and lined the street to watch the West Nipissing Police (WNPS) and Special Olympics athletes in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of West Nipissing Special Olympics.
Several athletes ran with the torch, including Special Olympians Exavier Séguin, Henri Curtis and Katie Lajeunesse.
As they marched downtown, police officers collected donations from local businesses and by-standers as they cheered the procession.
“The Special Olympics is the charity of choice for law enforcement throughout the province,” said WNPS Chief Seguin. “Here in West Nipissing, we do what we can financially to help out local athletes reach their highest potential whether regional, provincial and even national. We’ve seen our athletes go to those higher levels and we’re very proud of them.”
This year, the run raised $857.44. The sum will help Katie Lajeunesse and coach Jackie Truchon attend the provincial games in Peel, Ontario July 14-16.