On the Run

by: Vern Uyetake,

Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy Emile Burley, left, and Lt. Paul Steigleder, carry the Special Olympics torch through Lake Oswego last Thursday as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. With the assistance of more than 200 law enforcement officers, the torch eventually made its way across two counties on its way to Hillsboro, which last weekend was filled with activities for special athletes. Steigleder, who has been very involved in Special Olympics, was honored on the opening night with the Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award. 'One of the reasons I became a deputy sheriff was to help people,' Steigleder said. 'Special Olympics gives me that opportunity. I have four boys, none of whom has any intellectual disabilities. So we as a family are very fortunate, and we pay it forward by volunteering for Special Olympics.' The 2007 Special Olympics Oregon Summer Games is the competitive venue for the state championship in the sports of track and field, Italian lawn bowling, golf, gymnastics and softball. For more information, visit www.soor.org.