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District 22 troopers run for Illinois Special Olympics

Posted June 19, 2013 by Goreville Gazette in Community
Participating in the Torch Run from District 22 were (left to right) Master Sergeant JD Murphy, Trooper Tim Baker, Trooper Bridget Rice, and Trooper Michael Usher.  ~ photo provided

Participating in the Torch Run from District 22 were (left to right) Master Sergeant JD Murphy, Trooper Tim Baker, Trooper Bridget Rice, and Trooper Michael Usher. ~ photo provided

On Thursday, June 12, Illinois State Police District 22 Troopers participated in the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Illinois Special Olympics.

The Torch Run (Leg 11) began at Carbondale City Hall and concluded on the field at Rent One Park in Marion prior to the Southern Illinois Miners game.

On Friday, June 14, legs of the run from all over Illinois converged on Normal and at dusk, in what was described as a dramatic moment during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games, officers from every leg of the Torch Run entered Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium with torches lit to hand off the “Flame of Hope” to Special Olympics athletes.

Approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents helped to carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination

According to the Special Olympics, “when it began in 1986, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raised $14,000 in Illinois. It has since grown into the largest fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics Illinois, raising nearly $28 million since 1986. The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than $2.98 million in 2012, making it the second highest grossing program in the world.”

With the cauldron lit and the games declared open, nearly 4,000 athletes gathered for three days of competition and celebration.