Law Enforcement Torch Run
Who We Are
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame® law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. Annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the Flame of Hope, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
What We Do
The LETR for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms to include Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since inception, LETR has raised more than half a billion dollars and changed millions of attitudes worldwide.
Special Olympics Louisiana is proud of the dedicated law enforcement personnel from all over the state who are committed to raising thousands of dollars for our athletes and increasing public awareness to our Program. Nearly 2,000 law enforcement personnel are involved in Louisiana LETR efforts and raise over a quarter of a million dollars annually for local programs.
While talent makes plays — teamwork makes a statement. Get your game on and join law enforcement to support your community athletes! Anyone can be a champion of change. Changing the world is a contact sport and Special Olympics is an everyday opportunity to make a difference. Yet for every champion, there are others who are waiting for the chance to win.
With your support, we can come one step closer to ensuring that no athletes are left on the side-lines. Help transform the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families and your community — where your small part can make a big difference.
Law Enforcement Torch Run Partners
The following generous partners have made a financial and focused commitment to events hosted by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana.
Torch Run State Co-Directors
Officer Wendy Charrier
Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office
Trooper James Pittman
Louisiana State Police
Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete Liaison
Area 1 - Greater New Orleans
Area 2 - Capital Area
Sgt. Mason Spillman, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
225-245-0575 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Sgt. Bob Escamilla, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office
225-588-4084 | email@example.com
Area 3 - Bayouland
Captain Dustin Tomlinson, St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office
(225) 562-2203 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Area 4 - Acadiana
Chief Brent Breaux, Cankton Police
337-322-5099 | email@example.com
Area 5 - Southwest
Kayla Vincent, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
337-491-3791 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Area 6 - Central
Sgt. Amanda Fortnier, Louisiana State Police
318-542-1152 | email@example.com
Area 7 - Northwest
Sgt. Diana Sanchez-Edwards,
Shreveport Police Department
318-422-1773 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Area 8 - Northeast
Area 9 - Northshore
Brad Hassert, Retired Major,
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
985-768-1111 | email@example.com
Keith Danalewich, Command Criminal Investigator/Training Officer
504-678-7009 | firstname.lastname@example.org