Local police attend international law enforcement torch run conference

Nov 08, 2012

Rockland — Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence Hesseltine and Rockland Police Officer Troy Peasley is two of five law enforcement professionals selected by Special Olympics Maine to represent Maine law enforcement at the 2012 International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. The conference runs from Nov. 8-10. Hesseltine was also one of 30 officers selected to be a Guardian of the Flame while at the conference.

Hesseltine took over the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in 2010. In 2010, Hesseltine created the Torch Ride which is an annual motorcycle ride for Special Olympics Maine. Since 2010 The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has raised more than $37,000 for Special Olympics Maine.

Annually, Peasley has organized police officer doughnut-eating event, which benefits Special Olympics .

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2012. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle, encompassing a variety of events including torch runs, polar plunge, tip-a-cop, cop on top, doughnut-eating contest, motorcycle ride, and many other fundraising events. More than 85,000 international law enforcement officers have carried the Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies of local and state/provincial Special Olympics competitions and games, and Special Olympics World Summer or Winter Games. The LETR is now present in all 50 U.S. states, Canadian provinces and 46 nations around the world.

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