Sheriff Mike Tregre joined several of his officers and a group of St. John citizens for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana May 13, 2021 in LaPlace and Reserve.

On this cool and breezy morning, cheering crowds greeted the group at schools along the route, including John L. Ory Magnet, East St. John High, St. Peter, and Riverside Academy. Deputy Ingrid Perrilloux, the event organizer, worked with longtime torch run supporter and SJSO retiree Greg Maurin to organize the event.

Last year, SJSO had to scale back the event because of COVID-19. “This year we had a large group of officers and citizens who were ready to run, walk, and ride bike for this worthy cause, and we’re happy the schools were able to participate, too,” Sheriff Tregre said. “We really enjoy participating in this annual event that brings together law enforcement officers with community residents to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana,” Sheriff Tregre said.

After the run, a social was held at Frenier’s Landing in LaPlace. The St. John Sheriff’s Office appreciates the support of torch run donors: Louisiana Federal Credit Union, LaPlace Frostop, Walmart, Raising Canes, Justice of the Peace District 5 Greg Maurin, James Sparacello of Tri-Parish Welding, Richard Punch and Sticky Maurin.