Hohmann carries Special Olympics torch through Scotts Valley
by Mikaela Slade
Jul 03, 2014 | 2374 views | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
specialOlympics1LS6-20-14 (6-18-14) With a song on their lips and led-in by Scotts Valley PD electric motorcycle reserve officer Dan Murray, group of Santa Cruz-leg Special Olympics volunteer runners enter the Hilton's parking lot last Wednesday. Retired lieutenant John Hohmann (leftmost runner), traditionally a main organizer of the event, leads in call-and-respond 'I don't know but I've been told' cadence. Special Olympian with the torch is Shaun Saffen (center). Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
specialOlympics1LS6-20-14 (6-18-14) With a song on their lips and led-in by Scotts Valley PD electric motorcycle reserve officer Dan Murray, group of Santa Cruz-leg Special Olympics volunteer runners enter the Hilton's parking lot last Wednesday. Retired lieutenant John Hohmann (leftmost runner), traditionally a main organizer of the event, leads in call-and-respond 'I don't know but I've been told' cadence. Special Olympian with the torch is Shaun Saffen (center). Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
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Each year, the Special Olympics is hosted to offer an opportunity to those with disabilities allowing them to athletically compete in the Olympic Games; this year it was hosted in New Jersey, where 3,500 participants demonstrated their strength and perseverance.

Locally, retired Scotts Valley Police Department Lt. John Hohmann has been an instrumental figure in efforts to raise funds to support of the participants in the Special Olympics.

This year alone, the Police-n-Pursuit fundraiser, a law enforcement motorsports competition he annually organizes, raised more than $15,000 in funds for the Special Olympics.

For his efforts, he was chosen to carry the Special Olympics torch through Scotts Valley when it passed through Northern California.

From the Scotts Valley Hilton, Hohmann, along with an entourage of police officers and supporters, ran along Mount Hermon Road and Scotts Valley Drive, hoisting the torch aloft.

Hohmann, who retired from the Scotts Valley Police Department last year, said that retirement has allowed him to be able to dedicate even more time to help with the Special Olympics.

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