Special Olympians thank police

The Chronicle Journal
By Heather Peden, May 17, 2017

Special Olympian Adam Betuzzi presented a medal of appreciation to Thunder Bay Police Services Chief J.P. Levesque Tuesday in a ceremony celebrating the 30-year relationship between law enforcement and the Special Olympics.

Levesque, who has personally been involved with the Special Olympics since 2008 when it was decided Thunder Bay would host the winter games in 2011, said receiving the award meant a lot to him and that it rivals any medal he has recieved on the job.

“I could’t be more honoured,” he said. “I’ve handed out a lot of medals at games. To get one from a Special Olympian is very special, very special.”

Volunteering and fundraising are among the ways police have helped the cause.

“Law enforcement has a phenomenal relationship with Special Olympics,” said Julie Tilbury, a constable with Thunder Bay Police, as she addressed the small crowd of athletes, parents and Special Olympics officials gathered at Thunder Bay Police Services headquarters for the presentation.

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