Firetruck pull challenges people while raising money

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CANTON, Ill. — People in Canton used strength, power, and determination to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois’ Law Enforcement Torch Run on Saturday at a Firetruck Pull.

“It’s just something different to do, we get the community involved,” said Officer Michael Fernandes with the Canton Park District police, who helped plan the fundraiser.

It’s not easy pulling a 32,000 pound firetruck 75 feet through a parking lot.

“It’s a little bit harder than we expected. It’s a little bit heavier,” said Fernandes.

The daunting challenge didn’t stop people from testing their strength.

“At the end, our legs all felt like Jell-o. But this is all for a good cause,” said Chris Leighton, a team member who helped pull the firetruck.

The event raises money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“That’s something that’s near and dear to a lot of people’s hearts in this community, so anytime we can support, we do,” said Leighton.

Organizers say the new fundraiser gives everyone a chance to support the run.

“I want to involve the community, business owners, I’ve got individuals, girls, guys, everything. It’s doesn’t matter, come out here and have fun,” said Fernandes.

Donations can still be dropped off at the Canton Park District until Monday.

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