Published Date Written by David Carkhuff
Law enforcement representatives carried the torch for Special Olympics this week, leading up to Summer Games in Orono.
On Route 1 in Falmouth Wednesday, Sgt. Bob Burke, Maine State Police Trooper, and Falmouth Police Department representative Jen Phinney participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
In Portland, officers were joined by dispatchers and partners at the Federal Bureau Investigation.
Participants included Chief Michael Sauschuck, Commander Gary Rogers, Sgt. Heath Gorham, Det. Scott Dunham, Det. Kelly Gorham, Officer Dan Aguilera, Officer Jeff Druan, Officer Chris Dyer, Officer Mark Keller, Officer Andrew Hagerty, Officer Joshua McDonald, Officer Heather Brown, Officer Patrick Connolly, Officer Jason Nadeau, Officer Andjelko Napijalo, Officer Thomas Kwok, Officer Christian Stickney and K-9 Taz, process server Kelly Watters, dispatcher Sanela Napijalo, dispatcher Jacqueline Huntley, FBI Agent Pat Clancy and FBI Agent Chris Peavey.
Special Olympics Maine State Summer Games run Friday through Sunday at the University of Maine in Orono. Friday's schedule includes competition beginning at 9 a.m. and culminates with a Parade of Athletes at 6 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Track & Field Events begin at 8:30 a.m. and competition continues throughout the day, with a victory dance at 7 p.m. Sunday's schedule includes Finals at 9 a.m. and a Friendship Circle at 10 a.m.
Each year nearly 700 members of Maine law enforcement run approximately 900 miles carrying the Flame of Hope, according to Special Olympics Maine. Following a string of legs, the run concludes on Friday evening of the Special Olympics Summer State Games at Opening Ceremonies.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics' largest grass-roots fund-raiser and public awareness effort, the group reported. In Maine, more than $1 million has been raised by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, according to Special Olympics Maine.