Township PD Runs For The Special Olympics

FTPD Sgt. Mark Reiner, second from left, takes the torch hand-off June 8 in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

The Franklin Township Police Department once again took part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics on June 8.

A pair of FTPD officers ran with a contingent from the South Brunswick Police Department.

The group set off from Bennington Parkway, after FTPD Sgt. Mark Reiner took the torch from a fellow officer.

FTPD members ran with officers from the South Brunswick PD.

The group ran approximately seven miles south on Route 27, to the Franklin-Princeton border, accompanied by support vehicles.

This is the 17th year Franklin PD has participated, and the 8th year that the team has been led by Franklin PD Det. Kevin Fitzharris, with assistance from Sgt. Anthony Bisignano.

FTPD officers also helped in the support vehicles.

Fitzharris said he got involved in the event “because I like doing things where I help the community.”

“I feel like I’m giving back, and doing something that I like to do,” said Fitzharris, who also runs the department’s Youth Police Academy.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics NJ began in 1984 and now raises about $3 million annually, with more than 3,000 officers participating in the run and other events, according to the Special Olympic’s web site.

The overall Law Enforcement Torch Run was founded in 1982 and takes place around the world, according to the organization’s web site. To date, more than 97,000 law enforcement officers have raised more than $500,000 for the Special Olympics, according to the web site.


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