Under a dazzling June morning sun, a Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office sergeant and deputy departed from , lofting something very special in their hands.
The two officers were taking part in the Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2012 Special Olympics, slated to begin June 22 in Davis. They volunteered to carry the torch, known as the "Flame of Hope," on a six-mile route from Cupertino to Los Gatos.
Thursday's total run was 33 miles, from the start point in Cupertino to its end in Milpitas. Law enforcement representatives from Los Gatos, Campbell and San Jose would carry the torch throughout the day.
The torch weighs about eight pounds and will pass from law enforcement to law enforcement everyday until it passes through UC Davis' Aggie Statium for the games' opening ceremonies.
Three Sheriff's motorcycles and a department SUV escorted the runners as they made there way from Torre Avenue to Pacifica Drive and onto De Anza Boulevard. A bicycle-riding officer also served as an escort.