For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Kusmiss, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5780

SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUNNERS CARRY FLAME OF HOPE

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, June 22, 2011) - Special Olympics is Law Enforcement's biggest philanthropy. Each year, members of City of Berkeley Police (BPD) Department volunteer their time in a variety of events to raise awareness and donations for special athletes.

The Northern California Annual Special Olympics Torch Run is one of the events that BPD and now BFD participates in. The groups are considered "Guardians of the Flame.” The BPD group receives the Special Olympics Torch from members of the City of Emeryville Police Department and carries it to the Berkeley/Albany border. The group hands the torch to their colleagues from the City of Albany Police Department after guarding it for 2.2 miles.

The group pictured below raised over $1,800 for this year’s Torch Run event.  A good time was had by all.  BPD and BFD thanks all who donated and supported giving a few more athletes an opportunity on the field of play with your generosity.  A special thanks to all the support crew for keeping the group safe while on the roadway.

2011 Torch Run
Back Row: PEO Scott Arnold, Officer Joshua Smith, Lt. David Sprague (BFD), Lt. Diane Delaney, Sergeant Mary C. Kusmiss & PEO Crusetta Cooper

Middle Row: PEO Kirk Rivera, Officers Karen Buckheit and Jessica Nabozny, PEO Cleo Fort & Sergeant Jen Louis

Front Row: Officers John Ettare & Brandon Smith (BPD's Special Olympics Events Coordinator) and a newer edition to the BPD family in the stroller. 

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