Amherstburg runners raise roughly $4,000 for Law Enforcement Torch Run


By Joel Charron

For the first time in years the Law Enforcement Torch Run was held on a day where the runners could actually enjoy themselves.

“I was getting used to the hot, steamy, tornado weather,” joked Amherstburg police Sgt. Mike Cox.

Cox was one of 14 runners who took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics. Amherstburg police were joined by colleagues from Windsor and LaSalle police as well as OPP detachments within Essex County. There were also runners representing the Ministry of Transportation, Corrections Canada, Windsor-Essex Victim Services and the Canadian Border Service.

Amherstburg was one of many stops for the law enforcement group. Other stops included Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Kingsville, Essex Leamington, LaSalle before ending the day along Windsor’s riverfront.

As the Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way to Amherstburg a small welcome party started to gather at the Amherstburg police station. Police Chief Tim Berthiaume and Deputy Chief Pat Palumbo flipped hamburgers and hot dogs for the supporters from Community Living Essex County.

Upon arrival, the law enforcement runners were joined by a girls gym class from General Amherst High School.


Runners, volunteers and supporters gather prior to the Amherstburg leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Wednesday, May 23. Roughly $4,000 was raised locally.

“It’s been a great turnout,” said Cox. “We’ve got such a beautiful day to do this.”

The Torch Run started at the Amherstburg Police Station and proceeded north up Sandwich St. to Joe Meloche Ford, where bottles of water and banana’s were waiting for them.

According to Cox, roughly $3,500 was raised, however Cox noted that he expects other donations to trickle in, which will push the total over $4,000.

With the Law Enforcement Torch Run in its 25th year, Cox mentioned that he recently saw a picture of himself in front of the banner for the second annual event.

“It’s in my blood I guess,” said Cox. “This gives me a bit of motivation through the year. If we can raise some money to help people who need it, why not?”

Cox recalled when the Torch Run went from Windsor to Tilbury.  Cox said he prefers the format they used now, where people run in local municipalities.

“Before Windsor got a good show but everyone else it was kind of like what do you do?” said Cox. “I’m glad they restructured it. The small town stuff is great.”

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