Each year law enforcement officers throughout North Carolina participate in the Special Olympics of North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run. On Wednesday, June 3rd, Fayetteville Police Officers will carry the Flame of Hope to Harnett County, where they will pass it to representatives of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.
The event will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a brief ceremony in front of City Hall, 433 Hay Street; after which Kristina B. Kinsey, daughter of Fayetteville Police Department employee Kechia Kinsey, along with Police Chief Tom Bergamine, will receive the torch from members of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Fayetteville Police Officers and participants from other City departments will begin their 21-mile journey via the downtown area and continue throughout Fayetteville and Cumberland County. While on the designated route, participants will be greeted by staff and students from Eastover Elementary School and Armstrong Elementary who will be waiting eagerly to show their support and offer encouragement for the runners.
Last year, Fayetteville Police Department employees raised over $2,000 for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. The money is used to help train and send athletes to the state games. The North Carolina Special Olympics Summer Games will be held in Raleigh, June 5-7. For more information on the Special Olympics of North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run, visit their website at www.sonc.net or contact Amber House, Community Relations Specialist at (910) 433-1847.