Law enforcement carries the Special Olympics torch across Oregon

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A local law enforcement officer carried the Flame of Hope through Roseburg on Tuesday as the torch made a 500-mile journey through Oregon.

"It's the law enforcement Special Olympics Torch run. We do it every year and it leads right up to the kickoff of the Special Olympics summer games," said Roseburg Police Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch.

"We take legs that go through our jurisdictions, so it started in southern Douglas County this morning, came up into Roseburg in the Southgate area. We took the torch from there and ran up to Amacher Park, basically the fish ladder where the sheriff's office took over again."

The tradition started back in 1981 when a Wichita, Kansas police chief ran with the torch to spread the word about the Special Olympics.

"The Special Olympics have always had kind of a special place with law enforcement. We've always been big supporters," said Sgt. Eichenbusch.

The Flame of Hope will reach its final destination Newberg High School on Saturday to kick off the opening ceremonies of the Summer Special Olympic Games.