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Westport Police Carry Torch for Special Olympics

WESTPORT, Conn. – Running across Westport, from the Norwalk border to the Fairfield line — in 80 degree weather, no less — was a task 11 Westport police officers happily completed Friday morning.

The run, which the officers volunteered for, was part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, a three-day event that spans the state. Friday was the last day of the event. It began in Greenwich and will end at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Special Olympics Summer Games will take place.

Lt. David Farrell, Sgts. Ryan Paulsson and Eric Woods, Detectives Sereniti Dobson and Philip Restieri, and Officers Manuel Sylvia, David Wolfe, Anthony Prezioso, Howard Simpson, Erin Shaw and Scott Morrison started the Westport stretch at approximately 11:15 a.m. They picked up the torch from Norwalk officers at the Westport town line.

Other Westport, state, Greenwich and Darien officers, riding motorcycles, bicycles or in cruisers, led the runners down the Post Road. The officers completed the run when they reached Fairfield around 12:30 p.m. They passed the torch on to Fairfield officers waiting at the border.

The run raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

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