Georgetown’s Law Enforcement Torch Run support is out in full force

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Members of the Georgetown Police Department were among those who participated Thursday morning in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Delaware. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

GEORGETOWN – A very special fundraising arm of Delaware law enforcement hit the road Thursday morning in Sussex County’s county seat – and the Town of Georgetown Police Department provided the legs.

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Torch-bearer Randall Hughes, Georgetown Police Chief, is greeted by Georgetown Mayor Bill West during the Georgetown leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Delaware. On the motorcycle ready to provide the ceremonial escort is Georgetown Police Cpl. Bart Wilson.

With new Georgetown Police Chief Randall Hughes bearing the torch, close to a dozen Georgetown officers – all wearing commemorative gray T-shirts – circled halfway around The Circle and headed north up Bedford Street in one of many links in the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Delaware.

The 29th annual Torch Run features more than 500 police officers carrying the Flame of Hope 160 miles over three days across the state, leading up to opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Delaware’s Summer Games in Newark.

“It is a fantastic thing. It’s a good thing for law enforcement to come together,” said Chief Hughes, who participated in at least 20 Law Enforcement Torch Runs when he was with the Delaware State Police.

Georgetown’s entire police force – 15 in number – took part, either as runners, support vehicles or traffic control.

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Officer Derrick Calloway and other members of the Georgetown Police Department took part Thursday morning in the leg out of the Sussex County seat in the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Delaware.

Chief Hughes said Georgetown’s game-plan was to “run out of the town limits … to up to about Wilson Road.”

Georgetown Police Department Cpl. Bart Wilson provided the motorcycle escort out of town. That escort included Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins, back again in a support vehicle role.

“He (Chief Collins) has done it for a number of years,” said Chief Hughes. “As the chairperson of the Sussex County Chiefs Association, he is involved as well and also a member of the State Chiefs Council. He has been involved for as many years as I can remember.”

This year’s Torch Run began Wednesday in Rehoboth with a gala sendoff from the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and resumed Thursday morning with torch runs starting in Georgetown, Lewes and Delmar. Those runs unite in Harrington with one torch journeying north through Kent County with stops in Dover, Smyrna and Odessa completing Thursday’s schedule.

Friday, the event culminates with a final leg into the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center for the official opening of the 2015 Summer Games where the Special Olympics’ Flame of Hope will be delivered.

“The opening ceremonies up in Newark are fantastic,” said Chief Hughes.

Delaware is the only state in the nation that runs a lit “Flame of Hope” the entire length of the state prior to its Summer Games.

In its 28-year history, Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics has raised nearly $5.5 million for SOD. Law Enforcement’s support includes the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, held annually in early February.

“I have to admit I have never taken the plunge,” said Chief Hughes. “So I am going to have to do this.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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