HHPD & WRPD Join Forces
for Special Olympics
On June 1, 2007, about 9:30 a.m., the Hasbrouck Heights Police
Department accepted the “Special Olympics” torch
from the Lodi Police Department.
Several members of the HHPD carried the “Torch”
to a brief ceremony held at Shop-Rite, then proceeded up Williams
and along The Boulevard past the Circle. The torch was then
presented to the Wood-Ridge Police Department near the border.
The HHPD run was about 2.4 miles.
The HHPD was part of the hundreds of NJ police officers in 18
separate legs as part of the 22nd Annual Torch Run. Every police
department in New Jersey participated.
The runs concluded at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Stadium
at 7:30 p.m. that evening.
Last year $1.6 million was raised for state athletes with mental
retardation and 100% of all the funds raised goes to the Special
Because of this fund-raising Law Enforcement Torch Run, New
Jersey is one of the few states where Special Olympics athletes
do not have to pay to participate.
The games opened Friday night at The College of New Jersey in
Ewing, and continued through Sunday. About 2,500 athletes were
expected to compete in eight sports.
The HHPD generated the 4th largest contribution in the state
for the Special Olympics of about $25,000 -- from combined efforts
including school children’s fundraisers, beefsteak dinner,
This Torch Run has become the largest fundraiser and public
awareness for Special Olympics in the world, raising over $14
million dollars. ###
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