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Paradise Valley officer honored in 2022 Special Olympics torch run

Posted 6/15/22

Paradise Valley had a presence in the 2022 Final Leg Torch Run for the Special Olympics USA Games.

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Paradise Valley officer honored in 2022 Special Olympics torch run

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Paradise Valley had a presence in the 2022 Final Leg Torch Run for the Special Olympics USA Games.

In July 1968, the world witnessed the first International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

In preparation for the 2022 USA Games, the Flame of Hope was lit in Chicago for the first time ever and a team of officers and athletes ran it as part of the Final Leg Torch Run to the Opening Ceremony in Orlando, Florida, according to the Paradise Valley Town Manager's weekly newsletter. 

On May 30, Officer Steven McGhee from the Paradise Valley Police Department united with the team and Flame of Hope in Miami, Florida. The team was split into two groups and ran in unison across the west and east coasts of Florida before reuniting again in Orlando.

The final leg team attended special events and delivered speeches in various cities along their routes, the newsletter stated.

On June 5, McGhee met and exchanged pins with local Arizona athletes and coaches before walking the delegation to their seats at the Opening Ceremony. He was selected for this honor by Special Olympics Arizona.

McGhee said about the event in the newsletter, “Thank you to my department and the community who has supported me over the years. This was a journey of a lifetime and impactful on so many levels. I have new memories with an extended family of dedicated officers and courageous athletes. This will stay with me forever!”

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