Heart health run supports JPD SWAT team

Heart health run supports JPD SWAT team

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Snow and freezing temperatures didn't keep walkers and runners from lacing up and hitting the pavement Saturday morning.

The St. Bernards Health and Wellness Center sponsored the 14th annual Healthy Heart 2 Mile Run/Walk. The proceeds raised benefited the Jonesboro Police Department's SWAT team.

"Very rarely does anyone do anything for us that is just solely for our benefit," Sergeant Tim Doyle said.

Doyle said the department appreciates the acknowledgement. "It means a lot," Doyle said. "This has been a life changing program for myself and many of the other officers that are on the team."

Jonesboro Police Department's SWAT team is a special unit. "Which is a special weapons and tactics unit," Doyle said. "We will be called out in the event of high risk incidents, hostage situations, and those types of events."

Officers set up displays to show the public what kind of equipment they use. Paul Pickens, Director of St. Bernards Health and Wellness Center, said these officers have a connection to St. Bernards.

"The SWAT team trains at our Health and Wellness facility," Pickens said.

Outside the St Bernards Auditorium, runners and walkers bundled up to support the cause. More than 200 people participated in the event.

"This is a great way, a fun two mile race for kids and adults to come out and just be active," Pickens said.

Those involved said being outside was worth it.

"Just so glad that there were so many folks that could come out and support what we do and appreciate all the support they give to our SWAT team," Pickens said.

Sergeant Doyle said he is pleased with the turn out and excited for the donation to help further the SWAT teams work.

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