Local law enforcement officers lighted and carried a Special Olympics torch in a run on Tuesday during the third leg of the journey headed to UC Davis for the 2012 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games on June 22. More than 3,000 officers from federal, military, state, county and local agencies are set to participate in the Special Olympics Torch — the Flame of Hope run which started Friday in Tulare.
The Madera law enforcement team, comprised of 13 members from the local office of the California Highway Patrol, Madera County Sheriff’s Department, Madera police, Madera County Probation Department and Chowchilla police, gathered in the morning at Courthouse Park. They were joined by other officers who escorted the team on their 5- mile run.
Northern California staff members of Special Olympics also were present, and thanked the officers for supporting the run.
“We’re an athletic, a sports organization with emphasis in socialization, of course. And more importantly, the message of Special Olympics is of inclusion and that’s why we’re here,” said Oscar Hinojosa, the vice president for regional sports in the Central Valley office of SONC...