Local law enforcement officers carried the 'Flame of Hope' through the streets of Williamsville and Clarence on Wednesday in an effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.
Officers from the New York State Police, DEA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol and Erie County Sheriffs Office all participated in the torch run which began at the Clarence Trooper Barracks and ended at Tully's on Main Street.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of the largest fundraising efforts in the state for Special Olympics. More than $2 million was raised in New York in 2015 through the initiative.
Special Olympics New York trains children and adults with intellectual disabilities in 22 Olympic-style sports. More than 67,000 athletes compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America.
The flame of hope will continue on its journey to Hamburg, Lewiston, West Seneca, North Tonawanda, Tonawanda, Amherst, Buffalo and Kuwait in the next two weeks.