The North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run (NC LETR) for Special Olympics recently presented state-level awards to outstanding individuals and law enforcement agencies that support Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) at three regional NC LETR Conferences held in Raleigh, NC on March 4, Atlantic Beach, NC on March 25 and Asheville, NC on April 9, according to Lieutenant William Davis of the North Carolina State University Police Department, State Director of the Torch Run. Conference general sessions were held in person, following protocols for safe social distancing, with an option to attend virtually via Zoom.
The following law enforcement officers and agencies were honored with the 2020 Guardian of the Flame Award. Eligibility for the Guardian of the Flame Award is open to any individual actively involved in the NC LETR. The award is based on the nominee’s ingenuity, motivation, commitment and dedication to the efforts of the Torch Run in North Carolina.
Sheriff Mike Roberson of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office was awarded 2020 Sheriff of the Year, leading his agency at the top of the NC LETR Agency Rankings. As the top agency, the Chatham County Sheriff’s office raised $54,435, its third year in the top four agencies. Their office hosts the longest running golf tournament in North Carolina for SONC, in addition to a Polar Plunge and the Kickin’ Chicken Fundraiser.