FRANKFURT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Sergeant Barrett Brewer of the Kentucky State Police (KSP) has been selected to represent Kentucky in the final leg of the United States Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run of 2022. The final stage will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope across Florida in the run-up to the Games, culminating in its presentation at the Opening Ceremonies on June 5 and the lighting of the US Games cauldron .
According to KSP, Brewer is an 11-year veteran who is currently assigned to the KSP Academy branch. A second-generation trooper, Brewer knew early on that he wanted the state police to be part of his future.
“My father, whose career spanned over 30 years with the Kentucky State Police, had the biggest impact on me becoming a State Trooper,” Brewer said. “Due to exposure to positive influences within KSP, I realized early on that I wanted to join one of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies.”
Brewer is a relative newcomer to the Torch Run business, having started in 2020. According to KSP, his first effort with Special Olympics ended up being quite unique. That year, the UPS Plane Pull – which typically sees teams of 20 pulling a UPS 757 – had to be converted to a Paper Plane Throw due to ongoing COVID-related logistical issues, but that was not what Brewer and his State Troopers team had signed for.
“The 2020 plane draw was hijacked due to COVID,” Brewer explained, “but our team of soldiers pulled our own plane at Frankfurt Airport.”
And with Brewer as team captain, his Thin Gray Line team raised more than $4,600 for the event, a huge sum for the program in a consistently difficult time for Special Olympics.
According to KSP, the Thin Gray Line team returned to the more traditional UPS Plane Pull in 2021, raising over $4,700. He also participated in KSP’s Cover the Cruiser campaign which raised over $36,000 for Special Olympics in just two years.
Brewer, whose daughter Addison has Down syndrome, realizes that her career gives her the opportunity to help others even beyond her job.
“I decided to use being a public servant as a platform,” Brewer said, “to help raise awareness and promote inclusivity among all individuals.”
“I am touched and honored to have been selected to represent the Commonwealth and the Kentucky State Police,” Brewer said. “I could not have imagined that I would have this opportunity when I applied with KSP.”
Special Olympics Kentucky President and CEO Trish Mazzoni is pleased to have the opportunity to include Brewer in the final leg.
“Sergeant Brewer exemplifies everything we truly appreciate about our Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteers,” she said. “He is incredibly dedicated to the work he does on behalf of our athletes. And he’s still working to figure out how to make events better, right down to improvising an airplane shot when his first job with our program took a turn. We are delighted that it was possible for him to participate in the final stage of the USA Games.
The final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the USA Games will feature dozens of local, state and federal law enforcement officers from across the country leading the flame of hope from the Special Olympics to the 2022 USA Games. The final leg will begin in Miami on May 30 and conclude with the Opening Ceremonies at Exploria Stadium in Orlando on June 5.
The Special Olympics USA 2022 Games, scheduled for June 5-12, 2022 in Orlando, Florida, will bring together more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean. The U.S. Games will feature 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports, including track and field (track and field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, flag football, golf, gymnastics, open water swimming, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, swimming, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.