The Law Enforcement Torch Run is part of an international campaign for Special Olympics coordinated and managed by all divisions of Law Enforcement officers and officials throughout the world whose mission is to raise dollars and awareness of the Special Olympics Movement worldwide.
Special Olympics Rhode Island is the only state to include police departments, fire departments, RI State Police and the Dept. of Corrections as part of the Torch Run, providing significant financial and public awareness for Special Olympics Rhode Island. They also provide volunteer support to all Special Olympics Rhode Island Area and State Competitions by presenting medals to our athletes.
At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an annual running event in which representatives from police, fire, corrections and state police run the “Flame of Hope” throughout Rhode Island to the SORI State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.
Fundraising events are conducted year-round in Rhode Island that include a Plunge, Motorcycle Run, Golf Tournament and an ever-evolving menu of events on a local level.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Torch Run, please contact Tracy Garabedian.
2018 Torch Run Committee
Detective Eric Leclerc, Co-Director
Cranston Police Department
Officer Tammy David, Co-Director
East Providence Police Department
Chief Elwood Johnson
Richmond Police Department
Chief William Ziehl
Foster Police Department
Detective Jolene Alves
Cumberland Police Department
Detective Kyle Shipley
Rhode Island State Police
Captain Alfred E. Bucco III
South Kingstown Police Department
Deputy Chief Thomas Verdi
Providence Police Department
Dispatcher Chip Wardyga
Pawtucket Police Department
Woonsocket Fire Department (Ret.)
Special Assistant Jim Baum
Office of the Attorney General
Officer James Tiernan
West Greenwich Police Department
Providence Fire Department
RI Sheriff’s Department
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Honorary Chair