Early Wednesday, law enforcement officers from across the state revved their engines and laced up their sneakers to light the torch for Special Olympics and kick off the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The 30th anniversary of the torch run brings out more than 1500 officers and agents from all levels of law enforcement.
The fundraiser raises awareness and is the highlight of the very special relationship between police and the Special Olympics.
“We are dubbed the guardians of the flame. We are the ones who run with it, kind of guard it all the way through opening ceremonies,” Detective Sgt. Tim Bernier of Guilford Police, said.
“Globally, law enforcement has kind of adopted Special Olympics as their charity of choice. We raise over half a million dollars a year through law enforcement here in Connecticut and we raise over $50 million worldwide,” Jackie Turro, director of special events for Connecticut Special Olympics, said.
The Torch Run lasts three days and covers 530 miles before reaching the opening ceremony of the games which is being held at Southern Connecticut State University.