Law Enforcement Torch Run moves through Galesburg June 5th & 6th

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising movement benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The Torch Run includes an annual intrastate relay conducted by officers representing every branch of law enforcement within the state. Over 3,000 officers will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles from June 2 – 7, running to its final destination – the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games on June 7 in Normal.  “Ever since I was (first) hired, the Galesburg Police Department has been involved in raising funds for the Special Olympics,” said Lieutenant Steffanie Cromien. “It’s great joy when you get to see people help people. They get so excited when they see you because they know you are a good person, you’re here to help them, and you’re doing something for a good cause.  It’s a great camaraderie for the police department – for all of us to get together and from other agencies to come together and support this.” Roughly 10-15 Galesburg officers and Galesburg firefighters will meet Rock Island officers the morning of June 5th near Lake Storey Road and US Highway 150 and then bring the torch down Henderson Street towards McDonald’s. The torch is expected to be at McDonald’s around 2:00 pm on June 5th. The torch will then go on to the Galesburg Police Department. Thursday, June 6th, at 7:00 am the torch will be run down 150 where officers will hand off the torch on the Knox County – Peoria County line. Anyone interested in donating to the Special Olympics can contact the Galesburg Police Department.