Rockland officer to run final leg of Law Enforcement Torch Run
Troy Peasley, traffic officer from the Rockland Police Department has been selected to run the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run at the 2014 USA Special Olympics Summer Games in New Jersey.
One law enforcement officer is selected from each state and Peasley will be running with 49 other police officers across the state of New Jersey for one week in June 2014.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run will end up in Princeton, N.J. where the torch will be run into an arena and a cauldron will be lit during the opening ceremonies to start the 2014 USA Special Olympic Summer Games. Thousands of athletes from all across the United States will be on hand to compete in track and field events; including more than 50 athletes from Maine.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run was started by Chief Richard LaMunyon in Wichita, Kan. in 1982 to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. In 1983 Eunice Kennedy Shriver (who started Special Olympics) met with Chief LaMunyon and endorsed the Torch Run and asked law enforcement officers to be the official “guardians of the flame” for Special Olympics. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is now a worldwide event involving more than 43 countries with more than 85,000 police officers participating and is the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics (more than $370 million as of 2010).
Peasley was also selected to run the final leg at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in China. Peasley ran through China with police officers from around the world for two weeks while running 10 to 20 miles each day. He starting out running on the Great Wall of China in Beijing and ended up running in to Shanghai Stadium in front of China’s President Hu Jintao.
Peasley also attended the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2011 and Indianapolis, Indiana in 2012. At the conferences police officers learn how to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Locally Peasley has helped organize yearly Tip-A-Cop events at Applebee’s in Thomaston and the 5th Annual Law Enforcement Donut Eating Contest, which will be held at Tim Hortons in Rockland Friday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m.