The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 30, 2013

Former Danville resident honored to carry Special Olympics torch

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

HARRISBURG — DANVILLE — Erik Lynn, a son of Rodney and Pam Lynn, of Rush Township, was asked to travel to South Korea to carry a torch for Special Olympics.

Lynn, who has supported the Special Olympics for some time, arrived in South Korea on Jan. 21.

He is part of a team of five running 10 different routes for 10 days. The team is made up of police officers and at least one Special Olympian, Rodney Lynn said.

“They will be taking the torch through South Korea to Olympic Stadium for the World Special Olympics,” he said. Erik, 33, is among 100 police officers from throughout the world participating. He expects to be there for the opening ceremony before returning home to Glen Burnie, Md.

While this is his first time in South Korea, he attended a world conference for Special Olympics in New England.

A police officer on the Laurel, Md., force, he raises money throughout the year for Special Olympics.

“He did cop on a roof-top in the fall. They wait on tables in restaurants and they will have a dunk in February,” Rodney Lynn said. The elder Lynn will participate in the dunk in a Maryland lake.

Their son got involved with Special Olympics through his police department.

“His lieutenant has been doing the dunk for 15 years,” Rodney Lynn said. The elder Lynn participated last year. “He talked me into it,” he said.

A 1997 Danville Area High School graduate and 2001 Penn State graduate, Erik started his running career in eighth grade.

He travels back to the area to run in Berwick every year. He has also run in marathons including Baltimore, Minnesota and the Marine Corps event.

The police officer of nine years served with the Marines in Iraq in 2004.