Rosemont Participates in O’Hare Plane Pull
For over 5 years, the Rosemont Public Safety Department has participated in the annual O’Hare Plane pull. Saturday, October 2 marked one more year of participation after the event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. The event is put on through the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run with all proceeds from the event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.
Teams of 20 pulled a United Airlines plane weighing nearly 90 tons a distance of 12 feet at O’Hare International Airport for the benefit of Special Olympics Illinois. The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run O’Hare Plane Pull includes teams from law enforcement agencies, fire departments, private companies, fitness groups, high schools, colleges, and teams of friends and family.
This year, the Opening Ceremony kicked off the day with a special thank you to the Village of Rosemont and Mayor Brad Stephens who was on hand to accept a plaque which recognized the Village of Rosemont for being a sponsor of the 2021 O’Hare Plane Pull. As in years past, the Rosemont Public Safety Department assembled a team of 20 people including both sworn and civilian personnel within the department. While we did not win, the team had a blast and are thankful to be a part of such a wonderful cause. In the end, the 2021 Plane Pull raised over $110,000 for the athletes of the Special Olympics Illinois. Because Special Olympics athletes compete free of charge, all money raised by the Plane Pull will directly assist in their training and competition.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois.
The department is proud to continue our involvement in the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run and events like this to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. To date this year, our department has already participated in other LETR events including Coffee for Champions and the Torch Run. We look forward to continuing our participation in 2022.