The 2013 Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run involves more than 2,000 officers carrying the torch more than 500 miles through more than 150 communities. In a continuing commitment to support the torch run, Burbank Police Sergeant Scott Meadows brought together both sworn and civilian personnel for this year’s 4.3 mile run through Burbank.
Burbank Police Officer Joel Rodriguez K-9 handler, receives the torch from a Los Angeles Police North Hollywood Division Officer. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank’s Police Department received the torch from the Los Angeles Police Department-North Hollywood Division, at Riverside and Clybourn and were joined there by Olympians Matthew Raymundi and Fred Orr. The Olympians ran with police for portions of the 4.3 mile course. The group ran up Riverside to Olive, continued up Olive, over the I-5 freeway to San Fernando, turned onto Orange Grove, and stopped at the police station for a few photographs.
A number of Burbank Police personnel that were in the station stepped outside to greet the runners, as they took a much needed water break.
This years Burbank Police Departments Special Olympic Torch Runners. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
As a special treat for the Olympians, Burbank’s K-9 handlers, already running the route, picked up their dogs at the station so they could join them for the final leg of the run. The Olympians, Matthew Raymundi and Fred Orr were visibly excited as the group ran with “Steevo” and “Kimo” during the final leg of the Torch Run through Burbank.
Burbank runners handed off the torch to our neighboring Glendale Police Department, at Glenoaks and Alameda, and wished them well for their portion of the Torch Relay.
The following Burbank Police personnel sacrificed their time and effort to support the department in the Special Olympics Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Relay.
Lieutenant JJ Puglisi Sergeant Scott Meadows
Sergeant Adam Cornils Detective Brent Dyrness
Detective Peter Eirich Detective Jeff Lamoureaux
Officer Jesus Espindola Officer Sarah Brady
Jail Technician Dawna Jurecka Parking Enforcement Officer Marlene Montalvo
K-9 Handler Joel Rodriguez & K9 “Kimo” K-9 Handler John Embleton & K9 “Steevo”
In addition,were members of the Traffic Bureau, who assisted with traffic control to create a safe running lane for the runners throughout the course:
Sergeant Kerry Schilf Officer Dan Turpin
Officer Chris Hensley Officer Todd Burns
Officer Steve Maxwell Officer Randy Lloyd
Burbank Police run past the new Burbank Studios at Olive & Alameda Avenue. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)