Members of the Martinsville Police Department and the Martinsville Sheriff's Office joined The Guardians of the Flame team to carry the Virginia Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ Torch from the Martinsville City Municipal Building to Danville on Tuesday morning. The team consisted of volunteer officers and deputies from the Martinsville Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff Office, and the Martinsville City Sheriff Office along with area citizens.
Martinsville Police Officer Alberto Herrero completed the entire run from Martinsville to Danville running along Highway 58.
Each summer, law enforcement officials from across Virginia carry the Flame of Hope on a 1,900-mile journey to the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Game Ceremony in Richmond. This 8-day Torch Run involves more than 2,000 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 300 law enforcement agencies across Virginia. All the relays will converge in Richmond on June 9th for the lighting of the cauldron during the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.
The Torch Run was created to provide local law enforcement officers an opportunity to volunteer with Virginia Special Olympics in the communities where they live and serve. The Piedmont Region 9 Torch Run begins in Patrick County goes through Henry County, Martinsville City, Danville City, Chatham, Campbell County, and ends at the Lynchburg City Limits.
Special Olympics Virginia’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.