Buffalo, N.Y. -- The United States Border Patrol, Wellesley Island Station, hosted the 25th anniversary Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Saturday, June 4, when the New York State Special Olympics 'Flame of Hope' journeyed through the Thousand Islands Region of northern New York.
The event began with a lighting ceremony at Tibbett's Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent and the "Flame of Hope" was carried for 24 miles by runners along routes 12E and 12 through the villages of Cape Vincent and Clayton to Grass Point State Park in the Town of Orleans.
"Once again, the Thousand Islands Region Law Enforcement Torch Run was a resounding success," said Patrol Agent in Charge Matthew Roggow. "Members of CBP, ICE, TSA, and many state, local and Canadian law enforcement agencies demonstrated their camaraderie and esprit de corps in a truly enriching event benefiting the Special Olympics of New York."
Forty agents from the Buffalo and Niagara Falls stations
and Sector office carried the "Flame of Hope" on Friday, June 3, as they ran the 'College Leg' of the Torch Run event, a four-mile jog along Main Street from Canisius College to the University at Buffalo, South Campus.
"I was very pleased at the turnout for the 2011 Torch Run," said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jeff Wilson. "In all, the Border Patrol raised more than $1,200 from donations and shirt sales. Buffalo Sector agents should be proud of the way they represented the western New York law enforcement community."
The Law Enforcement Torch Run precedes the New York State Summer Olympic Games, which will be held June 10-11 in Utica, NY.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.