Berlin police carry torch for Special Olympics

Published on Thursday, 23 August 2018 20:58
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Police Department has participated in the Connecticut Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The run was held on June 8 and marked the 32nd year Berlin police participated.

The run covered about 7 miles in town.

“On behalf of Chief John Klett, our Special Olympics coordinator Sgt. John McCormack, and the entire Berlin Police Department, would like to express our sincere thanks to participating staff members, the citizens of Berlin, and our local businesses that supported this worthwhile cause,” said Deputy Chief Chris Ciuci in a release. “Your generous support enabled the Berlin Police Department to raise $3,272 for the Connecticut Special Olympics this year.”

Taking part in the run were Officer Mark DePinto, Officer Tyler Cyr, Detective Scott Schreiner, Unified Sports Athlete Christine Amaro, Dispatcher Phyllis Campanella, Officer Aimee Krzykowski, K9 Casner, Special Olympics athlete Kenny Vasil, Sgt. John McCormack, Sgt. John Flynn, Deputy Chief Chris Ciuci and Officer Kevin Chaffee.

Unified Sports athlete Christine Amaro and Special Olympics athlete Kenny Vasil, a Berlin native, ran with the department. Unified Sports is a division of Special Olympics Connecticut.

Businesses, the Police Commisison and Lt. James Gosselin were among some of the sponsors for each mile of the run.

The Connecticut Special Olympics were held earlier this summer, and during the event, Klett presented the silver medal in swimming to Vasil at Southern Connecticut State University.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 23 August 2018 20:58. Updated: Thursday, 23 August 2018 21:00.