Chatham Police Departments Get Together for Law Enforcement Torch Run to Benefit Special Olympics; Cheers Along the Way

ECLC students, Chatham High students and faculty and the Chatham Borough and Chatham Township Police Departments get together before 2018 Torch Run Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Police Captain Brian Gibbons had the honor of carrying the torch for the start of the Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough's Sergeant Daryle Kelly, left, Chatham Township Officer Muta Blanford organized the Torch Run for their respective departments Credits: TAP Chatham
Lori Gironda, Chatham High assistant principal, and Lisa Lattarulo, CHS Student Assistance Counselor, represented CHS faculty and administration at the Torch Run Credits: TAP Chatham
Southern Boulevard School put out this sign for the runners of the Torch Run on Friday Credits: SBS

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Police Department joined in the efforts started by the Chatham Township Police four years ago when they joined the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the first time on Friday. The run raises money for the New Jersey Special Olympics.

Because of the expanded police participation, the route of the run was increased to 6.5 miles and included Chatham Borough streets 

"We were looking to do something involved with the community and we were unaware that Chatham Township had started this a few years ago," Chatham Borough Sergeant Daryle Kelly said. "Once we found out that borough kids wouldn't be able to participate unless Chatham Borough Police got involved, it was a no-brainer for us. I got PBA Local 226 to commit to it and here we are."

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Because of the additional police support, the run included a route that passed by the ECLC and the cheering students at Washington Avenue School (see video below) during the borough portion of the run.

Chatham High students and faculty made up the majority of the runners, with police officers handing off the torch along the way.

 Chatham Borough Police Captain Brian Gibbons carries the torch at the start of the Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday

Washington Avenue students came out to cheer the runners as they passed by the school


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