Onslow County deputies pass torch to Jacksonville police to benefit NC Special Olympics

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Onslow County officers are participating in a statewide race to benefit the North Carolina Special Olympics.

Each summer, officers run nearly 2000 miles in 15 days passing on the torch.

On Tuesday, it was Onslow deputies turn to pass it on. They ran nearly 21 miles from Holly Ridge before handing the torch off to the Jacksonville Police Department.

One officer said the law enforcement torch run unites officers all across the state.

“The torch run, passing on the torch, kind of embodies teamwork and that’s how law enforcement is successful is with teamwork,” said Major Tommie Thomas with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

The Jacksonville Police Department will continue the torch run Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and run nearly 20 miles to Richlands to pass the torch on to their brothers in blue.

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