Parole and Probation officer Mark Fortin, left, and Gardiner Police officer Chris Balestra, center, and Gardiner Police Det. Mike Durham run down Route 201 in Gardiner Thursday while participating in the law enforcement torch run to benefit the Maine Special Olympics. Police from across Maine are escorting the torch from Kittery to the University of Maine in Orono to raise funds for the annual competition for people with special needs. Fortin and the Gardiner officers collected the torch at the Richmond line from Johanna and Norman Stickney and handed it off to Hallowell Police Chief Eric Nason in Farmingdale who carried it to Augusta, where the police ran with it Vassalboro. The run should take three days.

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