Law Enforcement Torch Run raises $1600 for worthy cause

HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. – , U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and employees at the Highgate Springs, Vt. Port of Entry (POE) participated in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Vermont Special Olympics, June 1.

This year was the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics Vermont.

Every year, the Flame of Hope is carried by Law Enforcement beginning in each corner of the state, passed along between different agencies until it reaches South Burlington, where the final leg begins with the athletes into the Opening Ceremony.

The northwest leg of the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run began at 8 a.m. at the Highgate Springs POE. In total, 21 CBP runners participated in this 8.7 mile leg of the run via U.S. Route 7 to the U.S. Border Patrol Swanton Sector Headquarters in Swanton, Vt.

The group ran in cadence carrying the Flame of Hope proudly through oppressive humidity and rain showers. At approximately 9:25am, the runners completed their leg and passed the Flame of Hope on to the Swanton Sector Border Patrol’s Acting Chief Patrol Agent Garcia, where he and Vermont State Troopers continued its journey to South Burlington.

The following day, the CBP Vermont Honor Guard presented colors in the opening ceremony of the Vermont Special Olympics at University of Vermont’s Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington. Additional CBP participated in the final leg of the run, alongside participating athletes, as the Flame of Hope was carried into the stadium.   Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy attended the opening ceremony as well and thanked the Honor Guard for their participation.

Special Olympics Vermont contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities. Through positive experiences in sports, athletes gain confidence and build positive self-images, which they carry with them into their homes, classrooms, jobs, and communities.