A squad of enforcement officers ran through Digby chasing Nicky Speichts.
Eight members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the provincial department of Natural Resources had a hard time keeping up with the 23-year-old Special Olympian Thursday morning, June 14.
The officers and Speichts were carrying a torch and hoping to catch the interest of potential volunteers for the Special Olympics.
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“The Special Olympics need more volunteers and we want to raise awareness about that by running through town today,” said Stacey Bierens, a conservation and protection supervisor with DFO. “We’d really like to see the athletes get a chance to compete and have fun.”
Bierens sits on the Nova Scotia Torch Run executive council and the board of directors of the Nova Scotia Special Olympics.
She organized the run as part of national Public Service week and to "celebrate our commitment" as law enforcement officers to raising awareness of the Special Olympics and the need for more volunteers and donations.
Bierens says more than 90,000 law enforcement officers have carried the Flame of Hope across 35 countries.
Digby runners included Speichts, Bierens and RCMP Constable Tyler Binns ad Constable Jennifer Neufeld and her husband Tyler Neufeld, DFO enforcement officers Kenny Therrien and Cory Webster and DNR officers Steve Boyce and Martin Gatien.
Their route went from the RCMP detachment on Victoria Street down Carleton to Water, through the downtown, up Warwick and back to the detachment.