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Thousands raised for Special Olympics at Plane Pull

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MURPHYSBORO -- At least 150 people came out to the Southern Illinois Airport to test their strength and raise money for the Special Olympics.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run partnered with Special Olympics Illinois to put on the Plane Pull for the second straight year Saturday.

18 teams signed up and 15 actually showed, trying to pull the 75,000 pound plane 12 feet as quickly as possible.

"It was absolutely ridiculously tough. When I got to tugging on it and it didn't move, I got a little bit nervous," Derek Flatt, a Pinckeyville Correctional Officer, said. 10 correctional officers at the prison signed up for the fundraiser. 

"It's for a great cause, for Special Olympics, and what better thing to do than come out here and pull a plane, raise a little money."

Organizers said they raised more than $10,000 for the Special Olympics.

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