Darin Eccles Story

How has being involved in the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run impacted your life?

I have become more involved in Special Olympic, I started a new delegation with my wife and co-works in Law Enforcement.

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 did not know this athlete, but in 2009, I was helping my wife by handing out the awards to the athlete's at a bowling tournament in Phoenix. This one athlete who was about 35 years old, grabbed me as I was putting the medal around his neck and gave me a big hug and kissed me on my cheek for about 2-3 minutes. Then he let me go, but it was the biggest rush of happiness. I was hooked on Special Olympics.

In what ways have you been involved with LETR? 

I am the Coordinator for Pinal County Sheriff Off

-Darin Eccles, Pinal County Sherriff’s Office

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