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Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Comes Through New Providence

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Stephanie and James Slater are the torch carriers for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. Driven by Mayor Al Morgan and Police Chief Anthony Buccelli. Credits: Jennifer Pagano
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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - As part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), New Providence Special Olympians Stephanie and James Slater were driven down Springfield Avenue by Mayor Al Morgan and Police Chief Anthony Buccelli on Friday.  

According to the LETR website, the Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the Torch Run. He thought the Torch Run would help law enforcement be active in the community and support Special Olympics Kansas. In 1983, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). They decided to endorse Torch Run and became the “Founding Law Enforcement Organization.” With the IACP’s support, LETR became the movement's largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.

Stephanie and James Slater took bronze in the Special Olympics sectionals in Bocce and are competing this weekend in the 2018 Summer Games being held at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.

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