Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Community Engagement Officer Kyle Danie will light the ceremonial cauldron to signify the start of the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games later this week.
The lighting of the cauldron will serve as the culmination of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, during which the Flame of Hope will be carried more than 500 miles by participating law enforcement officers from throughout the state.
On Friday, June 1, residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Rochester officers running Rochester’s portion of the Torch Run. Officers receive the torch from members of the Farmington Police Department on Route 11 at the town line at approximately 6:30 a.m.
They will run the torch on an eight-mile stretch from Route 11, through downtown, up Rochester Hill Road and will then hand off the torch to the Somersworth Police Department.
The Flame of Hope will conclude its journey at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium. The Opening Ceremonies parade will begin at 8 p.m. in the stadium, and Officer Danie will light the cauldron to officially open the games.
“Officer Danie has been fantastic in his role as our community engagement officer, and I know he is eager to be involved in an incredible event that brings so many people together,” Chief Toussaint said. “The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a meaningful tradition that we’re all proud to take part in, and we’re all looking forward to it again this year.”
Officer Justin Seckendorf of the Rochester Police Motor Unit will also represent the department at the opening ceremony, where he’ll ride a department motorcycle in the motor parade for the Olympians.
During this year’s Summer Games, 800 athletes from across New Hampshire will compete in numerous events.
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run:
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) is a volunteer movement that was established by members of the law enforcement community to support the Special Olympics. The mission of LETR is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.