Cops Carry Torch For Special Olympics

The final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser for the Special brought the games’ “Flame of Hope” through Sacramento today. The torch is headed to Davis for the opening ceremonies of the Northern California Special Olympics this evening.

 The final leg of the torch run started on Auburn Folsom road this morning at 5:30 a.m.  At 9:20 a.m., Placer County Sheriff’s deputy Kevin Griffiths carried the torch onto the Sacramento State campus.  Griffiths says he was moved to participate by the competitive spirit of the Special Olympians.

“The devotion and the heart that everyone of those kids gives out every day to compete at their top –I mean, it may not be the top as another kid out there, but it’s their top and they’re going to give everything they’ve got- and to watch that is inspirational.”

More than 3,000 officers from agencies all over Northern California participate in the torch run every year.  The officers raised $1.2 million last year.   The torch run is the largest supporter of the Special Olympics.     


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