CHCF, DVI, SCC, Parole staff get into Tracy torch run

By  Lt. Stephen Zanni, AA/Public Information Officer
California Health Care Facility
and Lt. Arnel Bona, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution 

More than 100 volunteers participated in the 2015 Torch Run starting at Deuel Vocational Institution and ending at the Tracy Police Department Headquarters.

A Special Olympic athlete and the DVI/CHCF Crisis Response Team led the several dozen runners and armada of bicyclists from DVI, the California Correctional Health Care Facility (CHCF), Sierra Conservation Center (SCC), the Northern Transportation Unit (NTU) the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and Run Fit, a local running club from Modesto, traveled the 5.5 miles from the DVI flag pole to the Tracy Police Department (TPD).

Sgt. Sabrina Harris has participated in every event for the last decade.

A large CDCR team gathered in front of DVI to carry the torch to the police department in Tracy.

A large CDCR team gathered in front of DVI to carry the torch to the police department in Tracy.

“It started off as an invite from the TPD SWAT to the members of the Crisis Response Team,” she said. “It’s grown from a handful of volunteers 10 years ago to today’s event of over 100 volunteers.”

Sgt. Harris has recruited several dozen volunteers from her Run Fit club who have participated and generously donated to the Torch Run the last two years.

DVI’s T-shirt donations raised over $3,000. The staff also raised $4,000 during the Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant. The inmates also pitched in $3,000 from their inmate leisure time activity food sales. The combined efforts raised over $10,000 for Special Olympics from DVI.

CHCF raised $10,800 through  Tip-A-Cop, T-Shirt sales, Stockton Ports games, a bowling tournament and inmate food sales.

The DVI local chapter of the CCPOA volunteered to donate more funds for the purchase of the Torch Run t-shirts for its members.

“The Special Olympics is a very worthy cause and I’m extremely happy at the enormous turn-out in support of this event,” said DVI Warden Jerome Price. “I want to express my thanks to Warden Duffy and his staff and the Tracy Police Department for their support and participation.”

CHCF Warden Duffy was proud of his staff and the event.

“I was delighted by the amount of participation from all our staff. I recognize the significance this leg of the Torch Run has with the staff at DVI, and I am pleased CHCF has become a partner,” Warden Duffy said. “I am sure I speak for the rest of the CHCF staff when I say we were all happy to join our fellow correctional staff in supporting a truly special cause.”

The 5.5 mile journey started at DVI’s flag pole, escorted by three TPD motor units and one marked unit, through the farm orchards of rural Tracy, over two major overpasses and completing the trek singing cadences as the group descended down onto the TPD station.

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Running through Fairfield, 15 employees from CSP-Solano passed the torch to employees from the Correctional Medical Facility.

Running through Fairfield, 15 employees from CSP-Solano passed the torch to employees from the Correctional Medical Facility.

CSP-Solano staff passes Special Olympics torch to California Medical Facility

By Lt. Marlaina Dernoncourt, AA/Public Information Officer
California State Prison, Solano

Prior to reaching the Capitol, the torch made its way through various counties in Northern California.

On Thursday, June 25, California State Prison, Solano, staff members ran three miles to deliver the torch to the team from California Medical Facility.

CSP-Solano put together a 15-person team, raising $540 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Three Special Olympics athletes also joined in the run.

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The runners from California Medical Facility carried the torch to the Vacaville Police Department.

The runners from California Medical Facility carried the torch to the Vacaville Police Department.

CMF carries torch to Vacaville Police

By Lt. Andre Gonzales, AA/Public Information Officer
California Medical Facility

In support with the Department’s fundraiser for Special Olympics, the California Medical Facility had over 20 runners (including Warden Fox and acting Chief Deputy Warden Thumser) who participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run on Thursday, June 25.

The CMF Team received the torch from the CSP-Solano staff and ran it to the Vacaville Police Department.

CMF also raised approximately $700 for the Special Olympics.

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Correctional Training Facility staff carried the Special Olympics torch in Monterey County.

Correctional Training Facility staff carried the Special Olympics torch in Monterey County.

CTF Officers, Parole agents support Torch Run in Monterey County

By Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/Public Information Officer
Correctional Training Facility, Soledad

The Correctional Training Facility recently partnered with other Monterey County law enforcement agencies to promote and raise funds for the annual Torch Run in support of the Special Olympics.

The morning relay began with a run through Monterey’s South County with the passing of the torch from Correctional Training Facility (Soledad) staff to members of the California Highway Patrol’s Monterey County office in Salinas.

The torch then was carried by the California Highway Patrol and made its way through Salinas carried by the Salinas Police Department, Probation, Parole and the District Attorney’s office personnel.

Later it was relayed to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, Seaside, and Marina police departments.  According a spokesman for the Special Olympics, the combined efforts by law enforcement raised more than $10, 000 for the charitable cause.

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