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Jacksonville Police to participate in Special Olympics torch run

(Jacksonville Police Department photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Members of the Jacksonville Police Department will participate in the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Wednesday morning.

Chief Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety, and several other officers from the Jacksonville Police Department will run the torch from the Department of Public Safety to the Richlands Police Department starting at 8 a.m. It's part of a 2,000-mile, 15-day run where more than 2,500 law enforcement officers and personnel take part.

Officer Timothy J. Sawyer, JPD Coordinator for the torch run, stated "The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics unites officers from law enforcement agencies across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina," Officer Timothy J. Sawyer, JPD coordinator of the run, said.

Law enforcement officials participate in the event each summer, carrying the Flame of Hope across the state. The run ends with the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh.

"It is has been our honor over the years to participate in this special benefit for the NC Special Olympics" Yaniero said.

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