Dvi Torch 2018

A large contingent of DVI staff and Special Olympics supporters turned out for the torch run.

By Lt. Christine Zoucha, AA/PIO
Deuel Vocational Institution

Dvi Torch 2 2018

Special Olympics athlete Ashley Walke and her mother lead the torch runners.

Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) received the torch on June 15 for the third year from Ripon Police Department and ran the 19.8-mile leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) from Ripon to DVI in Tracy, passing the torch to DVI Chief Deputy Warden Kathryn Kesterson.

California Health Care Facility (CHCF) Correctional Officer Johnny Rodriquez ran a 5.5-mile leg of the LETR in uniform with a 20-pound weighted vest.

Two Tracy Police Department Motor Units led the procession from DVI to Tracy PD, escorting the participants through the roads of rural Tracy, over two major overpasses, and completing the 5.5-mile leg as they arrived at the station.

More than 130 participant runners, bicyclists, and supporters joined in the 2018 LETR for the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Dvi Torch 3 2018Warden Robert Burton, Kesterson and more than 130 participants (runners and bicyclists) from DVI, CHCF, Mule Creek State Prison, Northern Transportation Unit, Crisis Response Team members from DVI and CHCF, and Run Fit, a local running club from Modesto, traveled the 5.5 miles from DVI to the Tracy Police Department.

DVI raised over $5,000 for the 2018 LETR.

Warden Burton said: “The dedication and commitment to the Special Olympic athletes from the staff, their families and the community is remarkable. I want to thank everyone who came out and encouraged all the participants, everyone who contributed, andeveryone who volunteered in support of the SONC.”