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For Immediate Release

May 06, 2014 Rochelle Liedike, Deputy U.S. Marshal (907) 271-5170;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Deputy U.S. Marshal Selected to 2014 USA Games Final Leg Team

The Special Olympics USA Games Organizing Committee, have invited the Special Olympics Program from each state to select one law enforcement member to represent their Torch Run Program in the LETR Final Leg for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and Alaska has selected Deputy U.S. Marshal Jimmy Johnson from Anchorage.

Johnson will represent Alaska in carrying the Flame of Hope for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. On June 10th 2014, The Flame of Hope will be lit in Newark, New Jersey, formally launching the 2014 Law Enforcement Final Leg. Johnson is Alaska’s representative on the 71-member Final Leg Team that consists of one Law Enforcement runner from each state, 6 Special Olympics athletes and support personnel. The team will carry the flame throughout the Greater New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia Areas, leading up to a spectacular Cauldron lighting at the Opening Ceremonies at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on June 16th, 2014. Roughly 3,500 athletes from throughout the United States will travel to New Jersey to compete in 16 sports at the highest level nationally.

As an important part of the 2014 USA Games, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg® will heighten awareness and take the message of Special Olympics to every corner of New Jersey and surrounding states. Law Enforcement officials and Special Olympics athletes, unified together as a part of the Final Leg Team, will serve as true Guardians of the Flame™ and promote the powerful messages of inclusion, acceptance, and ability every step of our Final Leg journey to promote and create excitement for the 2014 USA Games.

For further information for the Final Leg and/or the 2014 USA Games, follow the links below:

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