Westport's finest to help carry Special Olympics torch Friday
Updated 10:28 am, Monday, June 4, 2012
Westport police will carry the Connecticut Special Olympics torch through town on Friday, June 8, as the flame makes its way to New Haven for opening ceremonies that night at Southern Connecticut State University.
Local cops are among officers from more than 100 Connecticut towns participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. More than 1,200 officers are participating in the three-day, 530-mile run through the state, Special Olympics said in a news release.
The Westport officers on June 8 are expected to take the torch near the Norwalk border at about 11:10 a.m. at the People's United Bank branch at 361 Post Road West.
They will run east with it along Post Road, 4.9 miles to a Dunkin' Donuts shop just over the town line in Southport.
Some officers may accompany the torch-runners on bicycles, motorcycles or in patrol cars, Special Olympics said.
The torch will be used to light a caldron during the games' opening ceremonies scheduled for 7:15 p.m. that evening.
The weekend games are free.
For more information on the games, including a schedule of competitions and parking instructions, visit www.soct.org .