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Kennewick Police Department Hosts First Law Enforcement Torch Run

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KENNEWICK, WA.-- The Flame of Hope has been carried by Law Enforcement Officers to various Special Olympics Games all over the world since it first started in 1981. Since then, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $500 million dollars for the Special Olympics. Lead by Officer Shirelle Veitenheimer, today was the Kennewick's inaugural Torch Run. The event was a chance for athletes and officers alike to get excited for the upcoming Summer Games, which will take place in Western Washington. 

"It means you're part of the Special Education, for the mental retardation, it's all a part of that," Special Olympics Medalist Lonnie Parker told KNDU, "And we gradually want everybody to grow with us as we move along."

Officer Veitenheimer was agreed that the ceremony meant a lot to the community. "This is incredible," said Veitenheimer, "It's awesome to have the Torch that symbolizes so much hope for our athletes. So for them to be able to hold it and get photos with it with our law enforcement officers, it's incredible."

Having the Flame of Hope in the Tri-Cities has been a great way to bring the community together, but soon the Torch will continue to make its way across the state of Washington- totaling 384 miles- bringing the sense of community along with it.