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Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony
Special Olympics ambassador carries flame with can-do attitude
Special Olympics ambassador carries flame with can-do attitude

When Michael Heup trotted down the hill from the World War II Memorial to Jonas Green State Park in Annapolis, he was beaming. By his side was Anne Arundel County police Cpl. Mike Shier, and more than 100 police officers jogged behind them. In his right hand was the Flame of Hope, a torch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run of the Maryland Special Olympics. "We are here for him," said Capt. Frank Tewey, the Police Department's coordinator for the event, which brought the torch Tuesday from Glen Burnie to Annapolis. Heup, 33, of Davidsonville, is the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run athlete ambassador, making him the Special Olympics athlete whose role is to be the face,...

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