Warner Robins police chief, son join Special Olympics Torch Run

bpurser@macon.comMay 8, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Fifth-grader Andrew Evans joined his father, Police Chief Brett Evans, in Wednesday’s leg of the annual Special Olympics Torch Run to the annual games in Atlanta.

The Torch Run, with law enforcement officers participating across the state, is designed to raise awareness about Special Olympics in the community.

“I like running, and ... I like running with my Dad,” 10-year-old Andrew said of joining this year’s run.

Chief Evans said it was nice to be able to have the time out of the office and participate in the event.

More than 15 Warner Robins police officers joined the run down Watson Boulevard from the new Warner Robins Law Enforcement Center near Ga. 247 to the Houston County Galleria in Centerville.

Runners were sandwiched between a police escort and police mobile command unit. That allowed the runners to take breaks along the way with each taking on as much of the five-mile trek as desired.

Perry police officers first brought the torch into town to hand off to Warner Robins police.

“I just love to run -- and it’s for a good cause, too,” said Perry police Capt. Bill Phelps, who commands the patrol unit.

Perry police officers also rotated running along the way, and Perry police Sgt. Daniel Sweat also brought along his son, Landon. The toddler rode in a child safety seat in the backseat of an escort police car.

“He got to watch his Daddy run,” Phelps said. “I think he had more fun than we had.”

Macon police participated in the run Tuesday. The torch is expected to make its way to Atlanta by May 17.

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