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Four Special Olympics athletes visited the Somerset Police Department's Special Olympics Team before the team set off on the 2013 Somerset Police Department Law Enforcement Torch Run, an event held to raise awareness and fund to support Special Olympics in the area. Pictured (from left) are Sgt Tom Sirovatka, Chris Lamp, Joel Trepczyk, Chief Doug Briggs, Katie Chevrier, the four Special Olympics athletes, Josh Emerson and Josh Hecht. (Submitted photo)

The Somerset Police Department held a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) on June 6. The Somerset Police Department's team road bicycles from the Somerset Police Department to the Kwik Trip in New Richmond (Kwik Trip is a Special Olympics sponsor) in order to raise money for the Special Olympics, according to Somerset Police Officer Joel Trepczyk, who helped organize the event.

Trepczyk said the event included seven participants--six law enforcement officers and one community member. Four Special Olympics athletes met the group at the Somerset Police Department before the group's departure for New Richmond.

The torch run is an annual event held to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. Somerset had previously participated in the competition annually, but had not participated for the past few years.

"I had Chief (Doug) Briggs' support in starting the Torch Run back up for 2013," Trepczyk said, "and hopefully for years to come."

In order to raise money, participating groups can sell T-shirts and other merchandise, as well as collecting pledges and donations.

This year, Trepczyk said, the Somerset Police group raised a total of $1,035, $750 from T-shirt sales and an additional $285 from online donations. The Somerset Police Department was the only law enforcement agency in St. Croix County to participate in the Torch Run this year.

According to Karen Kraus, Special Olympics Wisconsin regional director of development, the money raised by Somerset Police will support the Indianhead Region of Special Olympics, Wisconsin, which includes St. Croix County. Kraus said there are about 1,000 Special Olympics athletes in the Indianhead Region. The money donated helps Special Olympics to continue its program and give the athletes an opportunity to train and compete in year-round sports.

This year's Somerset Police Department torch run team included Somerset officers Trepczyk and Joshua Emerson, Briggs, Somerset Sgt. Tom Sirovatka, St. Croix County Jail Deputy Katie Chevrier, River Falls Police Officer Joshua Hecht and Somerset resident Chris Lamp.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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