Special Olympics torch arrives to GJ

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Local law enforcement officials are joining together to promote Colorado Special Olympic athletes.

On Saturday, a group of various law enforcement agencies escorted the Special Olympic torch to the Western Slope.

This is the first year the flame has been brought over to Western Colorado, as the games have only been held on the Front Range in past years.

Colorado State Patrol, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Grand Junction Police Department have participated in various events this month to promote these athletes.

"There's many many law enforcement agencies statewide involved in supporting it, we've done that dfor a long time, supporting the athletes with special needs, and here in Grand Junction, it's no different. We're giving as much support as we can," GJPD's John Ferguson said.

Local agencies hosted a torch run last weekend to help raise money for the Special Olympic Games.

Colorado Mesa University will host the games next month.

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