Police officers, both sworn and retired, from law enforcement agencies in Harford County on Tuesday will again carry the Flame of Hope ceremonial torch through Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, Edgewood, and Joppa to raise awareness and money in support of Maryland’s Special Olympics.
This will be the 30th year the Sheriff’s Office has coordinated this event in Harford County.
The torch run will start at 7:30 a.m. June 3 at the Jean S Roberts Park in Havre de Grace, proceed thru Havre de Grace to Rt. 40 and then follow Rt. 40 to the Harford County/Baltimore County line.
Since 1981, law enforcement agencies nationwide, including Harford County police agencies, have participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Police carry the Flame of Hope Torch from the four corners of Maryland across the state, to the location where the Special Olympics are being held.
Traditionally, police receive the torch at the Harford/Cecil County border and then run an 18-mile course through Harford County, eventually passing the torch to police in Baltimore County. Officers can run the entire course or a segment and join in anywhere along the trek.
Monies are raised through the purchase of Torch Run T-shirts and private donations.