Law Enforcement Torch Run 9-17-15
Joseph V. Sowmick - September 18, 2015
In an effort to provide bonus coverage, Team Observer joins the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and our Tribal Operations employees in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting the Michigan Special Olympics. (Pictured left to right) Police Captain Donielle Bannon held a banner with Tribal Court Probation Officer Joelle MacDonald, Tribal Police Dispatcher/Corrections Officer Renay Ehren and Tribal Police Sergeant Scott Bailey, congratulating them as they ran through the streets of Mt. Pleasant on September 17. Ehren and Bailey have been participating in other Torch Runs across the State of Michigan.
Ehren has been involved in the Special Olympics for over twelve years, mostly participating in the Summer Games here in Mt. Pleasant, but expanded to the Winter Games for the last two years in Grand Traverse. “Last year I was able to go with the Torch Run Travel Team in fourteen community runs and did the Polar Plunge here in Mt. Pleasant this winter. I have developed friendships with the athletes, families, coaches and fellow Law Enforcement Officers and look forward to seeing them each event,” Officer Ehren informs. “Words cannot express what I take away. I can only hope that I give half as much. I am grateful for the opportunity be involved in such a capacity and would like to thank the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the Police Department for allowing this to happen.”
Tribal Police Sgt. Scott Bailey views the Special Olympics as a great organization that provides for the athletes more than just a competitive atmosphere. “The Special Olympics provides for health screenings and eye exams and also encourages athletes to develop skills that will last a lifetime. With the generosity of our community and others across the State of Michigan, these athletes are forever grateful. I have had the honor to be involved with Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run for the last five years, participating in Summer Games, Polar Plunges and other events,” Sgt. Bailey said. “This year I have been invited to participate in LETR run week that travels throughout the state raising money and awareness for Special Olympics. I am humbled with the opportunity to run in each community as part of this fundraising effort. I would personally like to thank the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for their support and generosity in making a difference in the athlete’s lives.”