June 23, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College police officer Salvador Tomas participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics State Games on the Illinois State University campus June 12-13.

Now in his third full year as an officer, Tomas completed the three-mile run to the football stadium in Normal with a large group of police officers from throughout the state. He later assisted event organizers by handing out medals to the Special Olympics athletes while dressed in full Logan police garb after the athletes competed in their respective events.

“I’m glad to show my support for such a worthy cause,” Tomas said. “I was amazed at how much positive feedback we (police officers) got from the general public as we ran. People who were standing alongside the street would yell and clap. Motorists honked their horns. It was really quite pleasing to see.”

Tomas said about $4 million was raised statewide for Special Olympics.

“It was just great to see the looks on the athletes’ faces as they competed. For so many of them, this is a life-changing event.”

Tomas is no stranger to law enforcement torch runs. He has been involved in each of the last three years. This was the first time he participated at the statewide event, however.

“I’m glad I could say I was a part of the festivities. I got to meet a lot of wonderful people. And it was especially nice to see so many of the Southern Illinois athletes competing. You would be surprised at how many people had heard of John A. Logan College.”

Don Priddy, Director of Emergency Planning and Risk Management at Logan, said he was proud of Tomas’s participation.

“From his participation in Opening Day ceremonies to passing out medals, Officer Tomas represented us well,” Priddy said. “These are the kind of events we (as a department) should be involved in.”

 

 

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