Duncanville Fire Truck Pull to benefit Special Olympics was held June 4 at Armstrong Park. It’s the largest draw of fire trucks in Texas, thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of recently retired Duncanville police officer Doug Sisk, the event’s longtime volunteer organizer. Sisk, who served as a crime prevention/community relations officer for the Duncanville Police Department, said he plans to stay involved as a volunteer with the Special Olympics because it’s a cause close to his heart. heart.
The Fire Truck Pull is a Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) event for Special Olympics. This is not only their biggest grassroots fundraiser, but it also helps raise awareness. Special Olympics athletes and Law Enforcement Torch Run Officers carry the “Torch of Hope” at the opening ceremonies of Special Olympics competitions around the world.
Duncanville Fire Truck Pull Crews
Seven teams of first responders participated in the Duncanville Fire Truck Pull. The Dallas Police Department sent two teams and the Dallas Sheriff’s Office sent one team. Duncanville Fire Department, Duncanville Police Department and Grand Prairie Police Department each sent a team. The Dallas Police Department SWAT team came in first in the competition, with a time of 13.75. Grand Prairie PD came second, at 14.53; and the Duncanville Fire Department took third place with a time of 15.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round athletic training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities, giving them ongoing opportunities to develop their fitness, to show courage, to experience joy, and to participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Texas Special Olympics
Texas is divided into four regions with 19 Special Olympics regional offices. Athletes can start training as young as six years old, but must be eight years old to compete. Athletes must be 12 years old to participate in national competitions. Children ages two to seven can now participate as Athletes-in-Training in areas where the program is available.
Volunteers are the lifeline of the Special Olympics program. These volunteers serve as coaches, officials, committee members, competition assistants, speech coaches and more. Over 4,051 volunteer coaches participate in the program.
The Duncanville Fire Truck Pull is an annual event hosted by the Duncanville Police Department. W&B Service Company was their presenting sponsor for the June 4 event. Duncanville Police Officer Michelle Arias, who took Sisk’s place as crime prevention/community relations officer, said exact figures for the amount collected have not been received, but they believe that over $20,000 was raised for Special Olympics.