- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) - The annual Special Olympics torch run is underway in New York.

More than 100 law enforcement officers from several agencies around the state are taking turns carrying the flame through various communities. The cauldron will be lit on Friday in Brockport to signify the opening of the 2015 Summer Games.

Wednesday’s leg through the streets of Clarence was run in memory of former Trooper Kevin Dobson, who was hit by a vehicle and killed while issuing a speeding ticket alongside a highway in suburban Buffalo in 2011.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for the Special Olympics in the world. Last year, more than $1.8 million was raised in New York.

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