How has being involved in the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run impacted your life?
I started helping with the Torch Run with my agency about 10 years ago and I became a coordinator about 8 years ago. It’s more than a fundraising effort for me personally. It’s a chance to put my daily stresses to the side and focus on the positive energy I get from seeing the athletes give their all. Coconino County is huge, so having Special Olympics in my life and in my agency’s life, helps us connect with the community.
Is there a specific athlete that has had a significant impact? If yes, who is that athlete and how have they impacted your life?
I patrol the area around the Grand Canyon. I met Bill Barber, who is a full time resident of the Grand Canyon and Special Olympics Arizona athlete. Bill spoke at the first yearly conference I ever attended and moved me to tears. We had a close working relationship. He passed away in 2014. The auditorium was packed with people who he impacted. I think of him often.
In what ways have you been involved with LETR?
I’m the current coordinator for my agency, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, as of 2015. I organize the LETR and Tip a Cop’s in Flagstaff and Page with the incredible help of our correction deputies. Page raised over $5,000.00 this year at Tip a Cop, which is just awesome. In my free time, I have been a presenter at the Winter and Summer games throughout the years. This year, I have been involved with the ALC in the Mountain area and helped collect fundraising items for Bare Aspen Beer and Wine Tasting.
What would you say to people to get them more involved with LETR?
Take an hour of your time to watch, learn and participate with the people and athletes of SO. You will walk away feeling good and the memories last a life time. It’s contagious.
- Deputy Jennifer Morrison-Garcia, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office