By Lt. Jennifer Davies, AA/PIO
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

It was a cool, spring morning in San Diego County at the Chula Vista Police Department’s Memorial Wall, as a dozen or so San Diego Law Enforcement agencies gathered for the ceremonial lighting of the torch. RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) Chief Deputy Warden Patrick Covello provided a very warm pledge of support for the Special Olympic athletes and presented a check to the Special Olympics Administration team, placing RJDCF as one of the top contributors in San Diego County with over $10,000 donated.

With the torch run in the rearview mirror, RJD jumps back into it and gears up to participate in this year’s Polar Plunge Challenge held at the Aquatica Sea World San Diego this September. In this event, CDW Covello and his executive team will compete against other Chiefs for bragging rights and every dollar raised through the Plunge will help fund Special Olympics San Diego programs.

Special Olympics San Diego region enriches the lives of more than 2,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and RJD was happy to assist in their mission.  Warden Daniel Paramo, a supporter of the cause, encouraged staff to get out and participate. From food sales to t-shirt sales, RJD kept the checks coming and as a result, Warden Daniel Paramo was recognized during the June Wardens meeting for RJD’s current efforts in addition to past years.