Locals pull together for South Plains Special Olympics athletes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Locals pull together for South Plains Special Olympics athletes

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Individuals from around Lubbock gathered Sunday evening for a good cause at Gatti's Pizza: the Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) 2016 Fire Truck Pull.

The funds raised during the event go towards the SOTX, which serves nearly 1,200 athletes in the South Plains area.

Those who participated in the challenge of strength and quickness were put on eight-person teams. The ultimate tug-of-war contest was this: pulling a nearly 80,000-pound Lubbock fire truck for 75 feet, as fast as they could. 

KCBD caught up with one slighty-winded participant after his pull.

"I'm on the end so I was using all legs," said Sgt. Chamayne Johnson of the Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Office. "Try to keep the slack, the slack in the rope. But, just getting it started man, that's the hardest part of the truck. It's getting it started. Once it gets moving, hey, you're alright, but it's just getting it started."

We also talked to a member of Lubbock Fire Rescue who saw his truck being pulled over and over.

"It's just a great group of guys that we got together," said fireman Jason Bobo. "To be able to do this, to support Special Olympics...it's just a great organization to be a part of."

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