Torch lights way to Special Olympics

By Dean Shipley

June 27, 2014

Law enforcement officers, in chartreuse shirts on the right, stopped briefly Friday afternoon at Cowling Park to visit with those Special Olympic athletes, dressed in blue. Law enforcement officers throughout the state have been running to support the Special Olympics which will take place today in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The torch run, which has more than 2,000 participants raises more than $600,000 to support the Special Olympics, said Sgt. Ed Buns of the Hamilton Police Department and torch run director.

Deputy Chief Tim Becker of the Columbus Police Department, carries the torch into Cowling Park in London on Friday afternoon. Becker lead the group of law enforcement officers who run in support of the Special Olympics in the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run. The group is part of 2,000 law enforcement runners statewide, who start at the “four corners” of the state and run toward Columbus, where the torches will come together in Ohio Stadium. Their efforts have raised more than $600,000 in support of Special Olympics, said Ed Buns, torch run director. London Police Chief Dave Wiseman, among the local group greeting the runners, later accepted the torch.

London Police Chief Dave Wiseman, in the gray shirt, accepts the torch from Special Olympics coach Kenny Stischok at Cowling Park on Friday. He and the special Olympians greeted the group of law enforcement officers which ran into the park on their way to Columbus for the opening ceremony later today in Ohio Stadium.