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Multiple Offices Participate in Special Olympics

Updated: Jun 21

Berkshire Officers pose with participants.

The Berkshire, Essex, and Hampden County Sheriff’s Office took part in the largest ever organized public safety convoy within the state, the Cruiser Convoy.

This event is held yearly to help raise awareness for the amazing athletes in the Massachusetts Special Olympics. Convoys from all ends of the state ride into a set location that eventually go to Harvard for an amazing experience. The event catches the eyes of those passing by and is a great experience for the athletes and their loved ones showing them support.

Officer Monteiro and Officer Wallace represented the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office.

Essex Sheriff's Office staff pose with a participant.

Special Sheriff William Gerke and Officer Christian Guzman along with our comfort K9 Pasky from the Essex County Sheriff's Office had the honor of participating as well.

Over 200 officers from Massachusetts law enforcement agencies participated in the ride to Harvard University for the annual Summer Games, and they were invited to give out medals and say hello to athletes.

Hampden County Sheriff's Office Deputy Cheri Burton joined fellow officers from across the commonwealth for the Final Leg of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run, kicking off the state Summer Games at Harvard University.

Deputy Burton stood as a beacon of hope, carrying the Special Olympics Torch and the "Flame of Hope" alongside fellow Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics runners.

Deputy Burton said it was the first time she applied to be part of the Final Leg, and she embraced the busy schedule, participating in 4-5 events daily last Monday through Friday from dawn till dusk. Her dedication and enthusiasm shone bright, leaving a lasting impact on all who witnessed her commitment to the cause.

She also was part of the Cruiser Convoy on Saturday, which included nearly 300 officers from law enforcement agencies across Massachusetts driving their vehicles to the Harvard Athletic Complex to promote the Special Olympics.

"It was a nice event, and I really enjoyed it. Hopefully, I'll be back again next year." With her unwavering spirit, we have no doubt she'll continue to light the path for the state Special Olympics for years to come!

"I am extremely proud of Deputy Burton, and all of our staff who jump in to support Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It is a cause that is near and dear to me, and we do whatever we can to help boost their amazing athletes, and set a spectacular stage for them to shine on," Sheriff Nick Cocchi said.

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