Special Olympics Torch Run

By Jayna Smith

Last Thursday, June 4th, this area's leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of Maine took place from Calais to Machias.  Taking part in the first three miles were Patrol Agent in Charge Todd Smith of US Border Patrol, Calais Fire-EMS Chief Robert Posick, and Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons.  

Because of Chief Fitzsimmon's recent injury, he was unable to run, however, in the spirit of "no man left behind," Smith and Posick decided to push the chief in his wheelchair so he wouldn't miss out on the worthy cause.  Even more, the first three miles of the run were dedicated to the memory of Chief Deputy Shawn Donahue who passed away unexpectedly a year ago.  

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985.  Each year, approximately 700 members of Maine law enforcement run approximately 900 miles across different areas of the state, concluding on the Friday evening of the Special Olympics Summer State Games at the opening ceremonies.  To date, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maine has raised over $1,000,000.  


Special Olympics of Maine provides year-round sports training and competition in 17 Olympic-type sports, plus 3 Unified Sports opportunities, for over 3,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Maine.  Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Special Olympics of Maine can do so at Todd Smith's fundraising page, www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/mtsmith72.