Sheriff’s Office Supports Special Olympics Virginia

Sixteen Fairfax Sheriff's deputies traded in their handcuffs on April 17, 2010, to volunteer as "celebrity waiters" at the Red Robin Restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia. All of the tips the deputies received from serving lunch and dinner to patrons went directly to Special Olympics Virginia.

In addition to this event, Fairfax Sheriff's deputies participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics every June and the Dulles Day Plane Pull in September. The Torch Run brings together 3,000 law enforcement officers from across Virginia to carry the "Flame of Hope" more than 1,900 miles to kick off the Summer Games in Richmond.

"My involvement with the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics has been one of those life changing experiences," said Lieutenant John Chrisinger, a longtime participant in the torch run. "To be able to experience firsthand the joy and excitement that these athletes share is extra special."

The Dulles Day Plane Pull, held at Dulles International Airport, is a fun competition to see which 25-member team can pull a 164,000 pound cargo jet 12 feet the fastest. The Sheriff's Office has been sponsoring a team of deputies for 17 years. Entry fees and corporate sponsorships benefit Special Olympics Virginia.

Special Olympics Virginia is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Virginia touches the lives of more than 40,000 athletes and volunteers in every city and county across the Commonwealth. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is proud to support these athletes and their families.

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