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Police support Special Olympics Illinois with Torch Run

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:39 p.m. CDT
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Woodridge Police Department squad cars help escort the torch in the annual Torch Run through Woodridge on Sunday to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
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Members of the Woodridge Police Department team carry the torch in the annual Torch Run through Woodridge on Sunday to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

WOODRIDGE – Law enforcement officers across Illinois took to the streets, highways and roads of the state, carrying a torch to help raise funds for their hometown sports heroes – the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois – on June 8.

About 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement covered the 23 legs of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Locally, Woodridge officers carried the torch from 63rd Street and Hobson Road to the Woodridge Town Centre. The Woodridge PD team consisted of several officers, including Dan McIntyre and William Bodnar, as well as many community members.

The Woodridge Police Department has been involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for several years. The department has set a goal of $40,000 for this year.

“We are very proud of our involvement in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. We have seen first-hand how Special Olympics can transform lives through sport,” Woodridge Police Officer Dan McIntyre said.

The Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.

The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois.

Each year, officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles carrying the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.

Any donations can be made by contacting Woodridge Officer Dan McIntyre at 630-719-4740.

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