Sheriff Mike Tregre and several officers were excited to lead the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana through St. John Parish May 9, 2024.

Under overcast skies this morning, cheering crowds greeted the group at schools along the route, including Little Stars Center, Little Harvard, East St. John High School Wildcats, Riverside Academy (Official Site) and St. Peter School.

Deputy Ingrid Perrilloux, the event organizer, worked with longtime torch run supporter and SJSO retiree Greg Maurin to organize the event.

The St. John Firefighters Association Local 4784 also joined officers for the event this year.

“We look forward to this event each year because it’s a great cause that brings together law enforcement officers with community residents to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana,” Sheriff Tregre said.

St. John officers join other law enforcement officers and citizens as “Guardians of the Flame” in carrying the Flame of Hope throughout the state, culminating with lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics Louisiana Summer Games May 17, 2024 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

After the run, a social was held at the SJSO’s training center in LaPlace. The St. John Sheriff’s Office appreciates the wonderful support of local sponsors: Louisiana Federal Credit Union, Frostop, Enterprise Fleet Management, Southeast Safety Solutions LLS, Justice of the Peace District 5 Greg Maurin and cooks Gregory “Sticky” Maurin and Raymond Brown.