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Local first responders to carry Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ Thursday

| June 26, 2024
Back in 2022, Dover Patrolman Sean Leffler handed the Flame of Hope to New Philadelphia then Captain now Chief Tessa Pohovey on the Boulevard. It was the first year for the torch to go through Tuscarawas County. It will be back Thursday, June 27th. The Special Olympics Torch Run is organized by Doylestown Officer Nathan Samples, who is also pictured.

STRASBURG (WJER) (June 26, 2024) – The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics runs through Tuscarawas County Thursday.

First responders from Strasburg, Dover, New Philadelphia and Sugarcreek will carry the Flame of Hope through their communities to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games, which start Friday.

New Philadelphia Police Chief Tessa Pohovey, Sugarcreek Assistant Police Chief Brian Dalton and other participants are hoping the community comes out to cheer them along.

Donations can be made at the link.

Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Torch Run is scheduled to arrive in Strasburg at 11:20 a.m. near the fire station and make its way through town along Wooster Avenue.

It will arrive in Dover near Buehler’s around 12:20, then head down Wooster to the Boulevard where Dover will hand off to New Philadelphia around 1 near Burger King.

It will be in Sugarcreek around 2:15, traveling along Main Street and stopping at the Cuckoo Clock.

The Tuscarawas County Rockets are sending 36 athletes to the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games that take place Friday through Sunday at the Ohio State University in Columbus. They will compete in bocce, bowling, track and field, and powerlifting.

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