Wyoming Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics and Special Olympics Wyoming hosted the 3rd annual Firetruck pull on Saturday August 24.
Members of the various law enforcement agencies and first-responders groups including the Wyoming State Parks Rangers, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Cheyenne Police Department, Laramie County Sheriff’s Department, Laramie County Fire Districts #1 and #5, and AMR ambulance services all volunteered their time to this event which raises money for Special Olympics Wyoming. The City of Albin donated the timing eyes to make sure the event was fair.
This year ten teams entered the Firetruck Pull. Each team consisted of ten members and has a Special Olympics athlete assigned to them as their ‘manager’. The pull is timed with each team having to pull two different fire trucks 20-feet. The times are then combined with the winning team being presented a trophy. This year’s winning team was The Cheyenne Underground Lifting team.
One of the two trucks the teams pulled was a former New York City Fire Department Rescue truck. The truck was purchased by FDNY to replace the original Rescue #2 truck that was destroyed during the collapse of the twin towers on September 11, 2001. Laramie County Fire District #1 purchased the truck from The Remembrance Project whose mission was to restore post 9-11 Rescue trucks to their former glory. Unfortunately, they ran out of funds to restore Rescue #2. LCFD is restoring it and bringing it back to use in Southeast Wyoming and Northern Colorado. They also plan to redesign the exterior to serve as a memorial to the 2 crews that died with the original truck on 9-11.
The mission of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Torch Run is to promote community awareness of and to provide support, opportunity and encouragement to the athletes of Special Olympics Wyoming. The Torch Run is comprised of officers and athletes, also known as The Guardians of the Flame. They run The Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” to the opening ceremonies of Special Olympics competitions. All of the money the LETR raises stays here in Wyoming to support the state’s Special Olympics athletes with uniforms, equipment, and transportation costs to the regional, state and national Special Olympics competitions.
LETR holds five fundraising events throughout the year, including the upcoming truck convoy on Saturday, September 14. The event will feature numerous truckers and law enforcement working together to parade a convoy of semis around Cheyenne to promote The Wyoming Special Olympics. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at the Wyoming Department of Transportation complex at 5300 Bishop Blvd, Cheyenne.