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SLO County law enforcement to help carry Special Olympics torch to Abu Dhabi

Posted at 6:11 PM, Oct 10, 2018

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and retired San Luis Obispo Police Lieutenant Bill Proll have been selected to carry the “Flame of Hope” on the Final Leg Torch Run for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

The two will help carry the Special Olympics flame throughout the United Arab Emirates, delivering it to the Opening Ceremony on March 14, 2019.

Sheriff Parkinson is one of 96 law enforcement officers from around the world to be selected for the run. Proll was selected to be one of ten team leaders.

This is not the first time Proll has participated in the torch run as a team leader. He also helped carry the torch across Austria for the Special Olympics World Games in 2017 and throughout California for the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.

Former SLOPD Lt. Bill Proll poses with the Special Olympics Flame of Hope and other law enforcement during the torch run through Austria in 2017. (Photo courtesy Bill Proll)

Both men have been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics for more than 25 years, according to a press release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.