MARION, IL (KFVS)- Local law enforcement officers took to the streets of southern Illinois to raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, in the 2013 Law enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
"It's that smile on their face, and that they are all so happy to see us is just really, really rewarding," says Shelby Counts.
She along with 24 other Criminal Justice Students took part in the run, despite the heat, to kick off the games.
"To be able to give back financially and personally our time and of just completing something like this," says Sarah Stevenson.
Their efforts raised more than $2,000 this year.
Last year, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run raised almost $3 million dollars statewide, making it the second highest grossing event in the world.