CHESTER — Members of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police Centreville and the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s office carried the torch for the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics across Kent Island the morning of June 5.

The local law enforcement agencies participate annually in this event to increase awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics.

Participants ran, in the heat, along state Route 18 from the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department to the Chesapeake Bay Business Park. There were no complaints, only laughter, excitement and slight competition, the sheriff’s office reported.

Students from Kent Island Elementary School greeted and cheered the runners as they passed, some waving signs and many offering high fives.

Runners were escorted by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department.

Maryland State Police fielded the largest contingent of runners: Capt. Tim McDonald, F/Sgt. Brian Gill, F/Sgt. Jimmy Dulay, F/Sgt. Dave Lewis, F/Sgt. Mike Smith, Sgt. Andrew Williams, Sgt. Melissa Connolly, Cpl. Christopher Fike, M/Tpr. Brian Teipe, S/Tpr. Justin Fohs, TFC. William Mathewson and Tpr. Donald Foley.

Major Dwayne Boardman, Dfc. Andrew Neal, Detective Jeff Lewis, Deputy Matthew Johnston, Cadet Kyle Brittingham and Auxiliary Officers Scott Dembowski and Kurt Pfluger participated from the sheriff’s office.

Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson and Deputy State’s Attorney Michael “Mick” Cuches also ran.

From the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Jeremy Davidson and two Auxiliary deputies assisted with runner safety; Scherry Schlotterbeck of KIVFD drove the ambulance.

They passed the torch off to Maryland Transportation Authority Police at the business park.

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