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Salem Police to Carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope through Salem

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: July 11th, 2012 3:49 PM

Members of the Salem Police Department will be participating in the Oregon Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run that is passing through Salem, Friday, July 13, 2012 according to Officer Brian Frazzini who is coordinating the Salem Police Department's participation.

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch, known as the Flame of Hope, will be carried through Salem by a squad of police officers and cadets as it makes its way to Newberg, Oregon for the June 14 opening of the Special Olympics Summer Games. The torch is carried across the state before the summer games to raise awareness of the Special Olympics Oregon's year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Salem Police Department Chief of Police Jerry Moore will be running in the event and of his participation, Chief Moore said, "We run in support of the Special Olympic athletes who set an example for us all through their spirit of determination."

The route is 11-miles and begins (at approximately 10:30 a.m.) on the south side of town (Delaney Road Park & Ride) as the torch is handed to the Salem Police Department by runners representing the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The run will continue north on Commercial Street to Liberty Street and to the police station (555 Liberty St. SE) for a brief stop (at approximately 12:15 p.m.) where additional officers will join the parade of runners. The group will proceed north on Liberty Street and on toward the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge into West Salem and to the Brush College Park & Ride where the torch will be passed to the Oregon State Police runners.

McGruff the Crime Dog and members of the Crime Prevention Unit will be joining the caravan and tweeting photos and updates of this special law enforcement event. Follow the Salem Police Department on Twitter: @salem_police.
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