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Torch Run kicks off Special Olympics weekend

By Nick Roth | Jun 06, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police watches the Torch Run Send-off Gala June 5 with his daughter Sadie and Cpl. Jason Serratore.

Rehoboth Beach — The 27th annual Torch Run kicked off the Special Olympics Summer Games with a gala sendoff June 5 at the Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach.

A police motorcycle escorted the Flame of Hope. Susan Shea, who runs in memory of her husband, Cpl. Chris Shea, who was killed in a traffic crash in 2004, led a group of runners out of Rehoboth. The flame made its way to Troop 7 for the night and the run resumed early June 6 in three Sussex County locations. The flames will meet in Harrington before continuing up the state to the University of Delaware.

In the 26-year history of Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, more than $4.3 million has been raised.

Cpl. Marc Russell of the Seaford Police Department escorted the Flame of Hope to the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins served as the 2013 Torch Run chairperson. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Susan Shea, widow of deceased Delaware State Trooper Chris Shea, is the honorary first torch bearer. Cpl. Shea was killed in 2004 by a drunk driver who was driving the wrong way on Route 1 near Milford. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The First State Force provided the music for the sendoff ceremony. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cpl. Marc Russell of the Seaford Police Department held the Flame of Hope at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand before handing it off to Susan Shea. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
In the 26-year history of Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, more than $4.3 million has been raised. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Torch carrier Leon Stevenson, a Wilmington Police Department recruit, leads runners north on Route 1 toward Troop 7 in Lewes. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Police recruits ran the Flame of Hope from the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand to Troop 7 in Lewes. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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