The Johnstown Police Department has adopted the Special Olympics as a special cause.
On Friday morning, representatives of those two organizations gathered to celebrate their growing relationship. The police department, along with the Johns-
town Fire Department and Johnstown Tomahawks, presented a $1,700 check to the Special Olympics. The money was raised when the police and fire departments played a charity hockey game, called Guns & Hoses, following the Tomahawks’ Oct. 6 contest at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
“This money will go toward Cambria County Special Olympics to help the athletes with all of their participation in Summer Games, Winter Games and (other events) throughout the year,” said Carrie Hucker, event coordinator for Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.
Police Chief Craig Foust added, “We’re pleased that the money’s going to a very good cause.”
The police department also announced its plan to participate in the third annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for this year’s Summer Games. On June 5, members of the department will carry the torch along Route 22 from near the Nanty Glo Sheetz into Ebensburg.
In order to raise funds for the torch run, the police department will host its inaugural 3 Gun Competition on May 25 at the Daisytown Sportsmen Club. Participants will be divided into law enforcement and civilian divisions. All contestants must supply their own firearms, ammunition and safety equipment. There will be courses for handguns, shotguns and modern sporting rifles. The entry fee is $50.
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