St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office participates in Special Olympics

Agent Chelsie Soulagnet with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division leads athletes from one competition to another during the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 at Chalmette High School.

Sheriff James Pohlmann and members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office helped St. Bernard Parish special-needs students have their turn in the spotlight on Friday, March 9 at the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2018 Louisiana Special Olympics.

More than 100 students participated in this year’s event which was held under beautiful blue skies on the track and football fields at Chalmette High School’s Bobby Nuss Stadium in Chalmette.

Sheriff Pohlmann said members of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and Special Investigations Division assisted special-needs students to compete in a variety of track and field events throughout the day, including the softball throw, standing long jump, 100-meter run and wheelchair race.

“Our deputies should be proud of the work they’ve done at Special Olympics over the last several years,” Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Students competed according to their age ranges and abilities along with Chalmette High School students who served as their buddy participants.

More than two dozen officers with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division and Criminal Investigations Bureau volunteered their time at the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2018 Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 on the track and football fields at Chalmette High School’s Bobby Nuss Stadium in Chalmette.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann talks with some of the participants of the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2018 Louisiana Special Olympics prior to the start of the event held March 9 at Chalmette High School.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann gets a tight hug from Adam Jones, one of the athletes who participated in the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2018 Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 at Chalmette High School.

Members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division and Criminal Investigations Bureau assists an athlete during the softball throw competition at this year’s St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 at Chalmette High School.

Members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division and Criminal Investigations Bureau wait to make a catch from an athlete during the softball throw competition at this year’s St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 at Chalmette High School.

Detective Donald Shreve with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau checks in athletes during a leg of the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 at Chalmette High School.

Lt. Daniel Bostic with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division checks in athletes during the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 at Chalmette High School.

Detective Brad Alphonso with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau assists an athlete during the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 at Chalmette High School.

Cpl. John Scheuermann with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau leads athletes to the softball throw area during the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2018 Louisiana Special Olympics held March 9 at Chalmette High School.