Police to join in Torch Run

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The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is an international program of year-round sports competition for children and adults with developmental disabilities, which is sponsored by Law Enforcement Officers to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics, 2014. Law enforcement officers from agencies all over the state of New Jersey will be collecting donations to participate in this worthy event, including police officers from West Milford.

This year, the 31st annual Torch Run opening ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 30. West Milford's Torch Run team will begin at the Butler Police Department, 10 High Street, commencing right out of the parking lot, right onto Park Place, right onto Main Street, right onto Hamburg Turnpike, and continuing into Riverdale, Pequannock, Lincoln Park and Morris Plains. West Milford Police Officers, along with police personnel from Kinnelon, Wayne, Bloomingdale, Butler, Pompton Lakes, Riverdale, and Wanaque will be participating in the Torch Run parade. All are invited to be at curbside to cheer the officers on at 8:30 a.m.

"We are asking all West Milford residents to donate whatever you can to help benefit these Special Olympians with developmental disabilities," said West Milford Police Chief Timothy Storbeck in a release.

Each participating officer in the run is expected to collect $100, so any donations of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or more will be greatly appreciated, he added.

To contribute, send checks, made payable to NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in care of Chief Timothy C. Storbeck or Dispatcher Frank Calabro Jr., to West Milford Police Department, 1480 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

New Jersey Special Olympics depends on voluntary contributions and special fund-raising activities in order to conduct programs year-round and free of charge to all participants.

Last year, the program was able to accommodate 12,000 special athletes, but there are still 58,000 more who would like to participate.

For more information or assistance, contact Storbeck or Calabro at 973-728-2800.

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