Mukilteo police run Special Olympics torch

Jun 05, 2013

Mukilteo Police Chief Rex Caldwell and Officer Colt Davis ran in the Special Olympics of Washington annual Torch Run recently.

Joining officers from Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and staff from the Southwest Snohomish County Communications Agency (SNOCOM), they ran a 2-mile leg of the torch route on May 31 along Highway 99 through Edmonds to the King County border, where the torch was picked up by King County Sheriff’s Office staff. Sgt. Shaun Greenmun assisted by providing escort service along with staff from Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds police departments.

This week, three torches started across Washington; one each from Kennewick, Olympic Peninsula and Blaine at the border with Canada.

All three torches met at Joint Base Lewis McChord on May 31 to help light the flames for the kick-off ceremony at the weekend’s summer games, which Chief Caldwell and his wife Deb are attended.

The Snohomish County contingent started at 4:30 a.m. in Arlington and wound its way through Everett then south along Highway 99 through Lynnwood and Edmonds, where the torch was handed off to the King County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics has raised more than $40 million for Special Olympics programs around the world. More than 85,000 law enforcement personnel carried the “Flame of Hope” across 35 nations.

The Torch Run began in 1981 when Police Chief Richard LaMunyon of Wichita, Kansas saw a need to raise awareness of and funds for the Special Olympics.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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