It's hard to catch Lyon County Undersheriff John Koelsch off guard about anything, but his wife and several close associates did just that Friday night.
Koelsch was inducted into the Richard LaMunyon Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame after participating in the run for his 30th straight year.
Koelsch says Emporia has strongly supported Special Olympians ever since the run began locally in 1985.
The torch run started in 1981 with LaMunyon, at the time Wichita's police chief, as the lead organizer. Now torch runs are held in all 50 states, 12 Canadian provinces and 46 countrues around the world. The torch run by itself raises over $40 million worldwide for Special Olympics and has generated over $500 million for the cause since its inception.