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San Luis Obispo law enforcement selected for Special Olympics Torch Run

Posted at 11:42 PM, Feb 09, 2019

Hundreds of people, including actor and reserve deputy Lou Ferrigno, celebrated Special Olympics and cheered on two law enforcement officials who will take part in the upcoming torch run.

The Saturday night party at the Green Gate Ranch and Vineyard helped raise funds for Special Olympics.

Retired Lt. Bill Proll and Sheriff Ian Parkinson will leave to the United Arab Emirates later this month to represent California and the United States in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Both are long-time supporters of Special Olympics and are two of 100 around the world selected for the honor.

“Being able to go and represent California is something I didn’t expect and certainly very humbled to be selected,” Parkinson said.

Proll was previously selected in 2017 to represent California.

“[Special Olympics] are not just a one time event a year, there are Special Olympic events all year round around San Luis County,” Proll said. “There are 750 athletes that we support by the money we raise. And it’s just a great cause.”

Ferrigno, who has dedicated about 20 hours a month to the sheriff’s office since 2012, has remained a supporter of the Special Olympics for years.

“I love giving back,I got involved with Special Olympics many years ago,” Ferrigno said. “I have a niece who got involved with Special Olympics. These children need that support. That’s why this function is important tonight because there are so many kids who have a disability. That’s why the Special Olympics, the fact that if you’re disabled, you can compete. It’s fun, it’s part of America.”

You can learn how to get involved and donate here.