Torch Run

Law Enforcement Torch Run comes through Amherstburg

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

It was wet, it was colder than normal but that didn’t stop law enforcement officers from taking part in the annual Torch Run.

Officers from the Amherstburg Police Service joined their colleagues from around the area in participating in this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run, with the run taking place in last Thursday’s pouring rain.

The Amherstburg leg of the Torch Run featured a different route this year, as it started at Joe Meloche Ford and finished up at Community Living Essex County’s Channel Resource Centre, located on Bathurst St. The previous route saw them start at the Amherstburg police station and end at Joe Meloche Ford.

Const. Steve Owen, the community services officer with Amherstburg police, said the routes were changed up for 2017.

“We wanted to have more stops, hit more people and use shorter distances,” said Owen, noting they ran 14 kilometres in total.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run came through Amherstburg May 4, where it made a stop at Channel Resource Centre.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run came through Amherstburg May 4, where it made a stop at Channel Resource Centre.

They also wanted to run past high schools and elementary schools, Owen added.

“The whole purpose is to raise awareness for Special Olympics,” he stated.

Despite the rain, Owen said during the Amherstburg stop that the run was going well. In all, there were runs in Leamington, Kingsville, Belle River, Tecumseh, Windsor and LaSalle with it concluding in Essex.

A fundraising total was not currently available, as Owen noted that they are still raising money.

“We’re still collecting funds,” said Owen. “Money is still coming in.”

The 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run also marked the final one for Sgt. Mike Cox. Cox, a local leader in raising money for Special Olympics, has stated this was his last one after running for the last 29 years.

Local Torch Run efforts total approximately $6,000

By RTT Staff

The Law Enforcement Torch Run passed through Windsor-Essex County last Wednesday with Amherstburg being the mid-day stop along the way.

Runners gather at Joe Meloche Ford following the Amherstburg leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run May 25.

Runners gather at Joe Meloche Ford following the Amherstburg leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run May 25.

A barbecue was held at the Amherstburg police station with Sr. Const. Shawn McCurdy, Libro Credit Union branch manager Cathy Thomas and Chief Tim Berthiaume manning the grill throughout the afternoon. Members of the Essex County Heroes Athletic Club were on hand for the barbecue as were others supported by Community Living Essex County’s Channel Resource Centre.

Sgt. Mike Cox not only ran in the run itself, but helped with major fundraisers leading into the day. A Polar Plunge back in the winter, a charity hockey game with the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals several weeks ago and other donations pushed the overall local fundraising total to over $6,000, said Cox.

Sr. Const. Rocco Pelaccia and Sgt. Mike Cox of Amherstburg police visit with Gerald Lemire during the barbecue held prior to the Amherstburg leg of the Torch Run.

Sr. Const. Rocco Pelaccia and Sgt. Mike Cox of Amherstburg police visit with Gerald Lemire during the barbecue held prior to the Amherstburg leg of the Torch Run.

The Amherstburg leg of the Torch Run went from the police station to Joe Meloche Ford with students from General Amherst High School joining in as the run went past.

Officers from Amherstburg, LaSalle, Windsor, OPP, Canada Customs, Corrections Canada, RCMP and Immigration all took part in this year’s Torch Run.

Torch Run hitting the streets next Wednesday

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run returns to Windsor-Essex County for its 2016 edition next Wednesday.

The torch and the police officers involved in the run will be involving a number of municipalities in the region with Amherstburg being one of them. Sgt. Mike Cox, who works with Sgt. Melissa Taylor in organizing local Torch Run efforts, estimated the bus with the participants should arrive in Amherstburg around 12:30 p.m.

In the meantime, a barbecue will be held at the Amherstburg police station where the public is invited for lunch. A group from Community Living Essex County’s Channel Resource Centre will also be on hand for the barbecue.

Cox said additional runners are welcome. A gym class from General Amherst High School is expected to join the run, Cox added. The run itself is expected to start at 1 p.m. and go from the police station to Joe Meloche Ford.

The Windsor-Essex County Torch Run gets underway in Tecumseh at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit Ontario Special Olympics.

Admirals, cops to battle in annual charity hockey game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Ontario Special Olympics will get a financial boost April 29 thanks to the Amherstburg Police Service and the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals.

The teams will square off at the Libro Centre that Friday night in a game that will contribute to the police service’s Law Enforcement Torch Run efforts. All Torch Run proceeds go to the Special Olympics.

Sgt. Mike Cox said the charity game has been taking place in Amherstburg for over 20 years in various forms. The opponents have changed over the years and now it is the Admirals who are helping raise money.

Cox said the “Polar Plunge” held earlier this year at St. Clair College helped Torch Run efforts substantially. That event had 181 “plungers” and raised $48,500.

Amherstburg police and the Amherstburg Admirals will team up for a charity hockey game April 29  to benefit the Torch Run. The Torch Run’s proceeds go towards Special Olympics. From left: Sgt. Melissa Taylor, Sgt. Mike Cox and Admirals co-owner/general manager Wes Ewer.

Amherstburg police and the Amherstburg Admirals will team up for a charity hockey game April 29
to benefit the Torch Run. The Torch Run’s proceeds go towards Special Olympics. From left: Sgt. Melissa Taylor, Sgt. Mike Cox and Admirals co-owner/general manager Wes Ewer.

“We had great success with the Polar Plunge,” said Cox. “We’re hoping to raise as much money as we can (at the hockey game) for Special Olympics.”

There is a $2 minimum donation to get into the game with tickets available at the police station, General Amherst High School or at the door. There will be door prizes and giveaways with Torch Run T-shirts and Admirals souvenirs like foam fingers, lanyards, clappers and other items to be given away.

Addy, the Admirals’ mascot, will also be on hand.

Wes Ewer, co-owner and general manager of the Admirals, said the coaches and management will be playing for the police team that night and going against the players.

“The coaches and players will be excited to go against each other,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a police victory.”

Ewer said the Jr. C franchise is always eager to help the community and they hope to get people to come out that night. The game is scheduled to run from 7-9 p.m.

The Torch Run itself will be May 25 with it scheduled to begin at the police station around lunchtime. A barbecue will be held prior to the event with staff and those supported by Community Living Essex County’s Channel Resource Centre to be on hand. Cox said the entire community is welcome to the barbecue and to participate in the run.