Cape Gazette

Torch kicks off Special Olympics Delaware

Jun 11, 2014
Photo by: Steven Billups The torch begins it journey with the first mile dedicated to Delaware State Trooper Cpl. Chris Shea who was tragically killed in the line of duty 10 years ago. Carrying the "Flame of Hope" are Shea family members (l-r) brother Andrew Shea, daughter Elizabeth Shea, widow Susan Shea and son Chris Shea Jr.

The 28th Law Enforcement Torch Run kicked off the Annual Summer Games of Special Olympics Delaware June 4. Athletes, law enforcement officials and families gathered at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand to participate in sending the "Flame of Hope" on its three day journey to the Summer Games at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark. Over 500 Delaware law enforcement personnel will run the torch the entire length of the state. Delaware law enforcement has raised over $500,000 for Special Olympics Delaware.

The First State Force entertained the crowd before the motorcycle police arrived to escort the torch. Shown enjoying the music is athlete Jeremy Eglit from Ocean View. Eglit will be swimming at the games with his team Sussex County Riptide. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
Ready for her swimming event is Sami Roach from Georgetown. Sami is enjoying the ceremony with her parents John and Alma. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
Standing ready for the Law Enforcement Torch Run are members of the Delaware State Police Training Academy led by William Wallace, recruit class president. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
The motorcycle police arrive at the Bandstand to escort the "Flame of Hope" to its first stop at Troop 7 in Lewes. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
Anticipating the Summer Games are (l-r) Carrie and Sarah Bosco with Judy Smith. Sarah will be competing in bocci ball at the games. Smith and Carrie Bosco are the Bocci Ball coaches. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
Friends and teammates (l-r) Jonathan Zaorski, Charlie Perman and Reggie Miller enjoy the kick off ceremony from the front row of the Bandstand. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
Cpl. Mark Guiteras of the Dover Police holds the Flame of Hope during the ceremony. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
Waiting in line to run the first mile with the torch are athletes Elizabeth Avelleya, left, and Ginger Shaud. Both of these athletes will be swimming for their Riptide Team. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
The Law Enforcement Torch Run begins as (l-r) Elizabeth and Susan Shea along with Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks leave the Bandstand. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
Recruit Hill from the Delaware State Police Training Academy keeps the "Flame of Hope" burning as he exchanges the torch as the Law Enforcement Torch Run makes its way down Route One. (Photo by: Steven Billups )
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