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Four city employees taking part in torch run for Special Olympics

Four city of Lake Oswego employees will participate Friday in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics as the torch makes its way from Milwaukie to West Linn and into downtown Lake Oswego. From there it will move on to Washington County before eventually arriving in Newberg where the games will be conducted.

Taking part will be Det. Lee Ferguson, Officer Dawn Pecoraro along with Julia Warren, assistant to the police chief, and Bonnie Hirshberger, citizen information specialist. Their leg of the torch run will end about noon Friday at the Albertsons on State Street after they run down Highway 43 from West Linn. A barbecue will be available about that time for those interested in supporting the run.

There will be several segments of the torch run conducted around Oregon.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run represents a long-standing tradition with Special Olympics. This week more than 800 law enforcement volunteers (Guardians of the Flame) and Special Olympics Oregon athletes will bring the Flame of Hope to the Summer State Games, their destination being Newberg High School Stadium.

The final leg of the run will take place on Saturday afternoon from McMinnville to Newberg and will arrive at the high school at 5:30 p.m. More than 100 law enforcement officers, athletes and their coaches will parade into the stadium for the opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. At the close of ceremonies, a torch bearer and Special Olympics Oregon athlete will run a final lap around the stadium and light a cauldron.