Bobby Patton lights the official Special Olympics Area 14 Spring Games torch on Friday morning, assisted by Mt. Vernon Police Department Assistant Chief Chris Deichman. Other torch runners for the opening ceremonies were Amanda Grider, escorted by MVPD Cpl. Don Hattendorf; Deshon Howard, escorted by MVPD Patrolman Ray Gilbert; and Molly Heierman, escorted by MVPD Sgt. Jim Hawkins.