Running with a cause

By Joel Charron

The hot, steamy weather didn’t stop law enforcement officer from around Essex County from taking to the streets from the Special Olympics.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run, which was held June 7, featured roughly 50 officers from Amherstburg, LaSalle, Windsor, OPP, Canada Customs and jail guards. The run was held in several municipalities around the region, before ending at their final destination in Windsor.

Amherstburg Police Sgt. Mike Cox said he was very pleased with the turnout, however it could have been a lot cooler.

“It’s hot, extremely hot,” said Cox. “The breeze has been a blessing.”

Cox said between $3,000-$4,000 was raised in Amherstburg for the Torch Run. All the proceeds will go toward Special Olympics.

The day got off on the right foot as Chief Tim Berthiaume and Deputy Chief Pat Palumbo fired up the barbecue to cook hot dogs and hamburgers for the supports. The barbecue is an annual event with Community Living Essex County Channel Resource Centre.

The runners arrived shortly after 1 p.m. and it wasn’t long before they hit the road and made their way down to Joe Meloche Ford.

Cox mentioned that all the runners were met with tremendous support at each leg of he run.

“This is a great community event,” he said.

Michelle Jones-Rousseau, a support worker at Channel Resource Centre praised Joe Meloche Ford for their continued support and sponsorship of the Torch Run.

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