Law Enforcement Torch Run Barbecue Dinner is this Friday

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Safford Police Chief Joe Brugman, left, and Thatcher Police Chief Shaffen Woods encourage the public to purchase a barbecue dinner this Friday in support of the Special Olympics. 

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – Law enforcement’s motto is “To Protect and Serve” and this Friday, April 6, is the public’s chance to have officers from the Safford and Thatcher police departments serve them up some delicious grub during their fundraiser for Special Olympics.

The fourth annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Barbecue Dinner is back and for the low price of just $10 a person will receive a BBQ plate that includes shredded meat, beans, a dinner roll, coleslaw, cookie, and drink, along with super-savory barbecue sauce on the side.

Tickets can be purchased at the Safford and Thatcher police departments Monday-Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by contacting Safford Fire Chief Clark Bingham at 928-322-1269 or from any Safford Police officer.

Dinner plates will be available for pickup from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Safford Fire Department at 650 S. 7th Ave., next to City Hall. Officers and firefighters will provide “curbside service” for those receiving dinners. 

All proceeds from the event go toward Arizona’s Special Olympics.

Last year, Safford Police Chief Joe Brugman encouraged the public to join in on the barbecue.

“In some way, shape or form, all of us in our community learn from our Special Olympians,” Brugman said. “Their positive attitude and positive spirit is something we can all learn from.”

So, if you’ve got a hankering for some good cop barbecue, want to have officers wait on you or just want to help support the Special Olympics, visit Safford or Thatcher police departments and buy some dinners or get in touch with Safford Fire Chief Bingham sometime this week. The earlier the better, so the police know how much food to procure to keep their costs down and proceeds high.