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Local cops run for Special Olympians

June 2, 2018 GMT

Law enforcement officers from several Skagit County agencies participated Wednesday in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

The run began at the Peace Arch in Blaine and was to end at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Officers from the Anacortes, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley police departments, as well as deputies and corrections officers from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, participated in the event.

Running with the officers Wednesday was Patrick Cooper, who turned 54 on Sunday. He said he has participated in the event nine times.

Patrick Cooper has autism, said his sister Sylvia Cooper of Anacortes.

Her birthday is later this week, and the two generally spend their birthdays together, she said. The torch run coincides with their birthdays and is an activity Patrick Cooper can participate in and enjoy.

“This really does support people with special needs,” Sylvia Cooper said. “And it lets (law enforcement officers) know we care about them too.”