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Police officers carry torch across the state for Special Olympics Connecticut

Officers carried the "Flame of Hope" across the state on foot, bike and motorcycle to honor Special Olympics Connecticut athletes.

Mark Sudol

May 31, 2024, 11:31 AM

Updated 21 days ago

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The Special Olympics Connecticut law enforcement torch run made its way through southwestern Connecticut Friday.
It's all leading up to the inspiring summer games this weekend.
After 8 a.m. Friday, the Special Olympics Connecticut torch run left the Greenwich Library for the long trek to New Haven.
"We try to support these athletes by carrying the torch," said Fairfield Police Lt. Michael Paris.
Officers carried the "Flame of Hope" across the state on foot, bike and motorcycle to honor Special Olympics Connecticut athletes and promote inclusion for people of all abilities.
Among those in the Torch Run were officers from municipal departments and correction facilities, military police and federal employees, Connecticut State Police, and college and university public safety officers.
"We have a contingent of officers who are so happy to be here, and we are very honored to be able to support them as a police department in general," said Paris.
Local police say they are running this today in honor of Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier who died in the line of duty.
"When we do something like this, it shows our camaraderie together. So, we are here to support the state police in their future. We know this is a sad time for them. So us, as local towns, are very proud to support one - the Special Olympics, but two - the state police - during their time of sadness right now," said Paris.


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