Police carry torch for Special Olympics
Published 1:43 pm, Monday, June 8, 2015
Darien and New Canaan police officers — accompanied by a cavalcade of Darien, Bridgeport, and other police department vehicles — ran the the Special Olympics Torch through Darien from the Stamford to Norwalk border.
Participating in the 3.9-mile run on June 5 through Darien along the Post Road from the New Canaan Police Department were officers Brian Mitchell, Ronald Bentley, Stephen Tam, Roberto Lopez, Tom Patten and information technology head Christine Brown. Darien participants were police Sgt. Ali Hudyma and Officer Kerry Pirone.
The run was part of the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise funds for the Special Olympics, which began last week and involved runners from departments throughout the state.
Bentley, a 10-year veteran of the New Canaan force, a regular runner, and coach for New Canaan High School’s junior varsity baseball team, said he took part to support Connecticut’s Special Olympians.
“I think it is an incredible event and the athletes are are so appreciative,” Bentley said. “If you’ve never had the chance to attend the Special Olympics I recommend it to everyone because the athletes are terrific.”
The relay’s final destination for the “The Flame of Hope,” was Southern Connecticut State University, where the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games were held June 5-7 with more than 2,500 athletes taking part in events such as aquatics, cycling, gymnastics and tennis.
To raise more money for Special Olympics, Bentley said he is hoping to get approval for a 5K “Run With the Law” event at Waveny Park in New Canaan.
“I think it would be something very good for this town to get involved in,” Bentley said. “It would not be a one time thing and I think the citizens and businesses of the town would feel very rewarded to be part of something like that.”