Torch Run Special Olympics RI

Torch Run

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, fire, corrections, and justice 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 justice 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.

Elwood & Tammy
group podium
Ramsay salute

2023 Torch Run Committee

Corporal Tammy David, Co-Director
East Providence Police Department (retired)

Chief William Ziehl, Co-Director
Foster Police Department (retired)

Firefighter Rick LaBreche, Assistant Co- Director
Woonsocket Fire Department (retired)

Officer Frank Matarese, Assistant Co-Director
Warwick Police Department

Detective Eric Leclerc, Immediate Past Co-Director
Cranston Police Department

Special Assistant Jim Baum
Office of the Attorney General

Chief Elwood Johnson
Richmond Police Department

Chief Scott Raynes
Little Compton Police Department

Deputy Chief Alfred Bucco III
South Kingstown Police Department

Captain Jolene Alves
Cumberland Police Department

Lieutenant David Ricciarelli
Cumberland Police Department (retired)

Sergeant Peter Leclerc
Cranston Police Department

Corporal Kyle Shibley
Rhode Island State Police

Dispatcher Chip Wardyga
Pawtucket Police Department

Firefighter Cipriano Illiano
Providence Fire Department

Col. Oscar Perez, Honorary Chair
Providence Police Department

Emily McLaughlin, Athlete Representative