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Passing the torch for kids in the village of Hamburg

Despite dreary weather, the runners were all smiles as they passed the torch mid-run. The Hamburg leg of the run was in support of Hamburg resident Joe Duberville.

HAMBURG — The town of Hamburg Police Department hosted the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on June 3.

It started at noon from the Hamburg Town Hall, located at S6100 S. Park Ave. The purpose of the run is to raise awareness and show unity for the more than 65,000 athletes of Special Olympics New York.

Local police squad cars came out in force to escort the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics participants and show support for the cause.

The run was not a race, as all participants ran as a group with the Flame of Hope and with Special Olympics athletes.

The group proceeded down Legion Drive (with students from Hamburg Middle and High schools) to Camp Road (Lake Street) to Union, through the Union-Pleasant Elementary School, to Main Street to Buffalo Street (where the group met students from Saints Peter & Paul) to East Prospect to Charlotte avenues. From there the group went to Euclid Avenue to Buffalo Street, and then back to the Town Hall.

The route was approximately 4 miles and took nearly an hour to complete.

The procession took a four-mile loop around the village, with runners from Saints Peter and Paul, Union-Pleasant, Hamburg middle and high and law enforcement participating, escorted by local law enforcement.

Some local businesses showed support along the route.

The Hamburg leg of the run was dedicated to Joe Duberville. Duberville is a Homeland Security special agent who suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing softball with his family in their backyard. He was raised and currently resides in Hamburg. He participated in the torch run, with his brother, John, who assisted him in the wheelchair, as well as other agents who have worked with him.

All participants wore a Torch Run T-shirt, to show they were part of the race and express their support of the cause.


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