DAVIS (CBS13) – Hundreds of athletes from all over the West Coast took part in a two-day event at UC Davis as part of the Northern California Special Olympics.

One athlete and a fallen officer had a special relationship based on friendship, love and a common cause.

Special Olympian Karissa Trinchera and Galt K-9 Officer Kevin Tonn worked together to bring awareness to the Special Olympics in Northern California, where there are currently over 16,000 athletes.

“He’e been there for me, he cared about me, he loved me,” said Trinchera.

Tonn was killed in the line of duty earlier this year, just a few months shy of witnessing two of his biggest dreams become reality — to finally see Trinchera swim and to see the Special Olympics torch light up the streets of his beloved city of Galt.

Trinchera swam, the torch came through his city, and although he wasn’t there to see it, his presence was still felt.

So on behalf of their late son, Tonn’s father and mother were in the stands at UC Davis to cheer on the golden state’s top 700 special athletes.

“Once he learned about the Special Olympics, he really got behind it,” said Will Tonn.

Of the seven swimmers in Trinchera’s 100 meter individual medley, she took second place.

The Special Olympics runs through Sunday and includes aquatics, bocce and track and field.


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