First Responders were ready to lend a hand and guard the flame, June 6 , as the Prince William County leg of the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run began at the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Station 17 in Montclair. Purple-shirted volunteers from Prince William County and Dumfries police, Prince William County Sheriff’s Office and Prince William County Fire and Rescue gathered around as the Special Olympics torch was lit.

With Prince William County motorcycle patrolmen leading the way, volunteers and local Special Olympics athletes ran down Cardinal Drive to the police headquarters off U.S. 1, where they were cheered on by supporters. The team continued down U.S. 1 to the handoff at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run was a massive statewide effort, involving 2,000 law enforcement officers covering 1,900 miles, and converging at Richmond to kick off the Special Olympics Summer Games June 8-9. This year’s torch run raised an estimated $50,000 for Special Olympics activities across the state.

PHOTOS AND STORY BY PAUL LARA

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