Awards and Honors

Recognition of Top Gun Fundraisers

Congratulations to Topeka Police Department Top Fundraisers for 2016 with an amazing total of $38,932.90!

It was a record-breaking year for KS LETR with all Kansas departments combined raising $555,935! Thank you all!

KS LETR State Directors

2018-2020: Chris Moore (Pittsburg Police Department)
2015-2017: Jeff Bragg (Olathe Police Department)
2012-2014: Dennis Shaw (McPherson Police Department)
2009-2011: Bill Lovewell (Hays Police Department)
2006-2008: Mark Malick (Saline County Sheriff’s Office / KBI)
2003-2005: Tim Burnett (Merriam Police Department)
2001-2003: Dean Harcrow (Hutchinson Police Department)
1999-2001: Kevin Koster (Cawker City Police Department)
1997-1999: Steve Ragan (Kansas Highway Patrol)
1995-1997: Tim Driscoll (St. John Police Department)
1992-1994: Lloyd Hammerick (Wichita Airport Authority)
1990-1992: Robbie Davenport (Wichita Police Department)
1988-1990: Greg Martens (Wichita Police Department)
1985-1987: Donald Ipsen (Wichita Police Department)

Diamond Award of Excellence

Topeka Police Department                      $38,932.90

Pittsburg Police Department                  $37,974.58

Merriam Police Department                   $25,600.27

Lawrence Police Department                  $24,498.15

Shawnee Police Department                  $23,723.50

Emporia Police Department                    $20,893.97

Prairie Village Police Department          $20,877.30

Lyon County Sheriff’s Office                   $20,275.59

Olathe Police Department                       $19,239.47

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office            $18,473.28

Overland Park Police Department        $17,899.54

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office          $16,196.05

Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office           $15,862.89

Ruby Award of Excellence - $10,001 - $15,000

Riley County Police Department                        $14,113.19

Ottawa Police Department                                 $13,525.34

Junction City Police Department                       $12,807.40

Dodge City Police Department                           $10,399.54

Goodland Police Department                             $9,750.34

Johnson County Park Police Department       $9,595.69

Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department       $9,571.49

Emerald Award of Excellence - $7,501- $10,000

Gray County Sheriff’s Office                   $8,500.00

Salina Police Department                        $8,386.88

Garden City Police Department             $7,297.05

Saline County Sheriff’s Office                 $7,081.08

Leawood Police Department                  $6,899.34

Kansas City, Kansas Police Department $6,005.34

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office $5,683.76

Maize Police Department                        $5,655.57

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office             $5,399.54

Haysville Police Department                   $5,399.54

Kansas Highway Patrol                             $5,399.54

Logan County Sheriff’s Office                 $5,399.54

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office           $5,399.54

Thomas County Sheriff’s Office             $5,399.54

Sapphire Award of Excellence

Gardner Police Department                                $4,640.66

Butler County Sheriff’s Office                             $4,511.15

Hutchinson / Reno County Sheriff’s Office     $3,650.00

10th Air Support Operations Squadron            $3,500.00

Andover Police Department                               $3,500.00

Atwood Police Department                                $3,500.00

Augusta Police Department                                $3,500.00

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office                      $3,500.00

Coffey County Sheriff’s Office                            $3,500.00

Colby Police Department                                     $3,500.00

Finney County Sheriff’s Office                           $3,500.00

Fort Leavenworth                                                  $3,500.00

Fort Riley DPS                                                         $3,500.00

Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office                 $3,500.00

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks       $3,500.00

Lansing Police Department                                 $3,500.00

Larned Mental Health Correctional Facility    $3,500.00

Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office               $3,500.00

Leavenworth Police Department                      $3,500.00

Lenexa Police Department                                  $3,500.00

McConnell Air Force Base                                    $3,500.00

Meade Police Department                                  $3,500.00

Mission Police Department                                 $3,500.00

Oakley Police Department                                  $3,500.00

Topeka Women’s Correctional Facility            $3,500.00

Wichita Police Department                                 $3,500.00

Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame

The Richard LaMunyon Torch Run Hall of fame was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics.  The winner’s involvement must demonstrate a sustained and significant contribution to the achievement of the goals of the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run.  The minimum requirements for this award are at least five (5) years of participation with the Kansas Torch Run, outstanding achievement in program development, organization and fundraising success.

Congratulations to the 2017 Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame winner
Sgt. Dave Nienstedt of the Wichita Police Department.

Past Winners

2015:  Kristi Powell (Topeka Police Department)
2015:  Adam Taylor (Prairie Village Police Department)
2014: Christopher Moore (Pittsburg Police Department)
2013: John Koelsch (Lyon County Sheriff’s Office)
2012: Jeff Bragg (Olathe Police Department)
2011: Todd Martens (McPherson Police Department)
2010: Shawn Farris (Leawood Police Department)
2009: Mark Malick (Kansas Bureau of Investigations)
2008: Tim Burnett (Merriam Police Department)
2006: Sergeant Brad McCaffree (Wichita Police Department)
2005: William Lovewell (Hays Police Department)
2004: Mike Daniels (Merriam Police Department)
2003: Dean Harcrow (Hutchinson Police Department)
2002: Dennis Shaw (McPherson Police Department)
2001: Stephen Ragan (Kansas Highway Patrol)
2000: Robbie Davenport (Wichita Police Department)
1999: Tim Driscoll (St. John Police Department)
1998: Kevin Koster (Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office)
1997: Ron Puterbaugh (Ottawa Police Department)
1997: Lee Martinez (Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office)
1996: Lloyd Hamrick (Wichita Airport Authority)
1996: Walt Kuykendall (Wichita Police Department)
1996: Richard LaMunyon (Wichita Police Department)

International Law Enforcement Torch Run Awards

John Carion Unsung Hero Award

The John Carion Award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to the success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run on a local, state or community level. The John Carion “Unsung Hero” is someone who contributes to the Torch Run and Special Olympics in spirit, dedication and enthusiasm in an effective and unheralded fashion. The award was created to honor the memory of Sgt. John Carion, Sterling Heights (MI) Police Department and his many contributions to the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics. The Unsung Hero award is a tribute to Sergeant John Carion, who epitomized the term “Unsung Hero” during his lifetime before his untimely death in a plane crash in January, 1994. John was a low-key, quiet, but effective leader in the Torch Run effort, especially in the areas of law enforcement volunteerism for Special Olympics and furthering the ideals of Unified Sports in Special Olympics.

Kansas Unsung Heroes

2014: Dennis Shaw (McPherson Police Department)
2011: Shawn Farris (Leawood Police Department)