The final touch, at least for now, of a new display in the McPherson Law Enforcement Center came this week — a plaque acknowledging the work of those who created a display of Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirts now displayed on the walls of its lobby.
Hangng the T-shirts was a senior project for Bethany College student Molly Achterberg, a criminal justice major who is from Minneapolis.
Achterberg cut and framed the T-shirts, which were donated by former McPherson Police Chief Dennis Shaw.
Shaw collected more than 50 T-shirts from Special Olympics events around the United States, along with 16 shirts from other countries.
"McPherson law enforcement got involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting Special Olympics back in 1984," Shaw said. "I was real big pushing that, as chief."
The Law Enforcement Torch Run started in 1981 when former Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon realized a fundraiser was needed to support Special Olympics Kansas.
Besides running with the torch, law enforcement members volunteer their time to assist with Special Olympics Kansas' State Summer Games.