Franconia PCA Potter Supports Torch Run for 12 Years


Fairfax County Police Department
Franconia District Station

6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
703-922-0889. TTY 711. Fax 703-719-6436
Date Released 06/11/12
Contact: Brooke Wright / 703-922-0889
Information Bulletin: Torch Run 2012 Support

Franconia PCA Potter Supports Torch Run for 18 Years

  Photo of Fairfax County Law Enforcement runners

Photo of PCA Potter, Ms. Engelhardt-Worden, Ms. Hotto, and MPO Reid                                          Photo of runners recovering with PCA Potter

            On July 7 the 2012 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics travelled through Fairfax County.  Fairfax County Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies ran 6.2 miles from Fort Belvoir’s Tulley Gate to Prince William County along Route 1.  Almost the entire portion of this run is located in the Franconia District.  Fairfax County Police have participated in the run every year since its inception 27 years ago.

            What many people may not realize is that the runners are supported by Motor officers and others who provide traffic direction in order to keep them safe.  They are also supported by a very special Franconia District Police Citizen Aide (PCA) who keeps them hydrated and healthy!

Photo of fruit stations

            MaryAnn Potter, who works the front desk at the Franconia District Station, has supported the race for the last 18 years.  She rounds up a group of officers, civilian employees, and citizen volunteers to assist.  PCA Potter organizes supplies and sets up stations along the route for runners to pre-hydrate, sip some water during the run, and recover afterwards with beverages and fruit.  Unfortunately for all involved, PCA Potter has announced that this is her final year participating as she is looking forward to retiring after 27 years with the Fairfax County Police Department, along with her husband, who has served as an officer in Prince William County.

            We will miss her service and dedication to the Special Olympics, the officers, and the citizens of Fairfax County for so many years.  Best wishes to you, PCA MaryAnn Potter.

           Photo of runners and PCA Potter



To request this information in an alternate format, call the Franconia District Station at 703.922.0889.  TTY 711






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