Havre de Grace Police Captain Joe Alton Nominated For Prestigious Do Good Heroes Award
HAVRE DE GRACE - Havre de Grace Police Captain Joe Alton has been nominated for the Do Good Heroes Award, recognizing fire-rescue-EMS and police personnel for exceptional community service beyond their regular duties.
Captain Alton became a member of the Havre de Grace Police Department in 2018 after he retired from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department (MDT A.PD). He was first introduced to the Special Olympics Maryland (SOMO) while in law enforcement at the MDT A.PD., Captain Alton started by simply volunteering and fundraising to support the athletes. However, what began as a simple act of kindness became a burning desire for him to grow the Special Olympic movement.
"The authenticity of his engagement provides organic opportunities to impact the lives of our athletes, which is a direct result of his leadership," said James Schmutz, President and CEO of SOMO.
For over 15 years, Captain Alton has been an active participant in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics of Maryland. Through his participation in events, including the Polar Bear Plunge and Tunnel Run, Alton has raised a remarkable $250,000 for the winter and summer Special Olympics.
"I appreciate the widespread support from law enforcement within our city, particularly officers like Captain Alton, for all his efforts on behalf of Maryland Special Olympic athletes," said Havre de Grace Mayor William Martin. "Joe does not delegate duties to others; he is always there during the games presenting medals to the winners. He encourages law enforcement and our community to get involved with Special Olympics, whether to help fundraise, work with the athletes or present awards. His dedication makes our community and the State of Maryland better. I am very proud of Capt. Alton and everything he has done for Special Olympics Maryland over the years."
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