Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds police officers and staff from SNOCOM dispatch participated in the 2012 Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday morning, June 1 to benefit Special Olympics.
The participants, referred to as “Guardians of the Flame,” received the Flame of Hope from runners made up of staff and officers of the Lynnwood Police Department at 212th Street Southwest and Highway 99. The flame was carried south to the King-Snohomish County line then handed off to “Guardians” from the Shoreline Police Department.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a series of scheduled relay events held in conjunction with the start of the Special Olympics Washington Summer Games. The games run over the weekend at Joint Base Lewis McCord. The many torches run throughout Washington state converged at the games’ opening ceremonies.
Law enforcement professionals raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics, not only through the torch run, but through other activities such as car washes and motorcycle runs, t-shirt and hat sales, polar bear plunges, Tip-a-Cop events and more. The first torch run was in 1981 and has grown worldwide to become the largest grassroots fundraiser for the Special Olympics.