Sherman Police Chief Runs in Final Leg of Special Olympics

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SACRAMENTO – Chief of Sherman Police Department Eric Smith will be running in the final leg of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games from Sacramento to Los Angeles, California.

Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers from all over the world have been participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for the Special Olympics. Over 100,000 law enforcement members from all 50 U.S. states, 12 Canadian provinces and territories and 47 other countries contribute to as Guardians of the Flame. They work together to ensure the Special Olympics Flame of Hope is delivered to the opening ceremony.

The LETR Final Leg for the 2015 World Games began July 13 and will continue until July 25. Final Leg officials say 124 members will run the flame throughout California. These members include 88 law enforcement officer runners, 10 Special Olympics athletes and logistics personnel.

Smith joins the team as a law enforcement runner but also representing the state of Illinois as the Director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run. He has been involved with the Special Olympics for nine years. His entire bio can be found here.

Smith and other runners will visit 127 cities, towns and communities along the historic Final Leg to visit and hold ceremonies. They will travel 4,648 miles on three routes throughout California before arriving at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to light the cauldron. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games open on July 25.

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