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Franklin Police Will Carry Special Olympics  “Torch of Hope” Down Route 27 Today

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Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, wearing sunglasses, leads off the Somerville law enforcement contingent last year as the torch is passed in front of the Van Derveer School. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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Somerville Police and members of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office carry the torch down Main Street last year. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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The Somerville pack or runners veer off of Route 206 on to Duke Parkway East to pass the Flame of Hope off to Hillsborough Police last year. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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Hillsborough Police, escorted by State Police, carry the Flame of Hope along Route 206 last year. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, left, exchanges a fist bump with Hillsborough Police Chief Darren Powell as the torch is passed off last year. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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Hillsborough Police greet the runners from Somerville as the torch is passed last year. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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FRANKLIN PARK, NJ – The Franklin Township Police Department will join thousands of police officers to carry the “Flame of Hope” through several towns Friday to commemorate this weekend’s 35th Annual New Jersey Special Olympics Summer Games.

The three-day event will be held at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township.

"Officers from the Franklin Township Police Department along with officers from the South Brunswick Police Department will take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics New Jersey," FTPD Police Chief Richard A. Grammar said. "They will be receiving the torch at approximately 4:30 pm on Rt 27 at Bennington Parkway and run approximately seven miles to the Princeton border."

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The township issued an alert encouraging commuters to avoid the area during the run. 

Members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Sheriff's Office, Somerville Police Department, Bridgewater Police Department and the Hillsborough Police Department will also participate.

The torch will eventually make its way to the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, where more than 2,500 athletes will gather for the opening ceremonies Friday night.

“Law enforcement officers pledge to serve and uphold the members of their community, so we feel it is our duty to serve the Special Olympics athletes of New Jersey,” said Chief Robert Belfiore, retired Deputy Chief of the Port Authority of NY/NJ and director of the New Jersey Torch Run.

“As a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, I always feel privileged to carry the torch,” he added. “This is our chance to become a champion for the cause, to show the members of our communities how talented our local Special Olympics athletes are.”

Each year the “Flame of Hope” run raises over $3 million for New Jersey Special Olympics.

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