2020 Highlights


Congratulations to Leawood Police Department: Top Fundraisers for 2019 with a total of $36,636.45!

Thank you to all law enforcement members who helped raise a grand total of $664,050.38 in 2019!


  • 2 Truck Convoys
  • 11 Polar Plunges and 5K Polar Struts
  • 38 years of Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • 52 Tip A Cop or Cops on Top Fundraising Events
  • 53 Ceremonial/Signature Community Torch Runs
  • 1,185 miles ran in ceremonial Torch Runs in Kansas
  • 1,993 Kansas Law Enforcement Officers participating
  • 24,413 medals and ribbons presented by Kansas LETR to SOKS athletes
  • Record breaking $664,050.38 in funds raised and donated to SOKS
  • Countless high fives and smiles!


Click the tabs below to see the total amount raised by Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Kansas in 2019.

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)

2019 Diamond Award of Excellence

Leawood Police Department $36,636.45
Topeka Police Department $33,975.45
Merriam Police Department $32,891.35
Shawnee Police Department $32,699.38
Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office $23,839.00
Pittsburg Police Department $23,533.86
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office $23,162.45
Ottawa Police Department $17,766.50

2019 Ruby Award of Excellence - $10,001 - $15,000

Prairie Village Police Department $14,666.70
Wichita Police Department $14,584.41
Salina Police Department $13,252.48
Lyon County Sheriff’s Office $13,182.43
Olathe Police Department $12,583.89
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office $12,288.33
Lawrence Police Department $11,711.93
Emporia Police Department $11,485.97
Reno County Sheriff’s Office $10,957.16
Riley County Police Department $10,455.64
Lenexa Police Department $9,462.95

2019 Emerald Award of Excellence - $7,501- $10,000

Junction City Police Department $8,759.20
Johnson County Park Police Department $7,766.50
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office $7,196.45
Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office $7,193.00
Butler County Sheriff’s Office $6,892.92
Meade Police Department $6,750.00
Kansas Highway Patrol $6,500.00
Gray County Sheriff’s Office $5,860.00
Logan County Sheriff’s Office $5,500.00
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office $5,500.00
Goodland Police Department $5,493.00
Colby Police Department $5,493.00

2019 Sapphire Award of Excellence

Oakley Police Department $4,500.00
Sherman County Sheriff’s Office $4,500.00
Thomas County Sheriff’s Office $4,500.00
Dodge City Police Department $4,500.00
Ford County Sheriff’s Office $4,500.00
Garden City Police Department $4,244.74
Saline County Sheriff’s Office $3,700.00
Kansas City, KS Police Department $3,696.45
Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office $3,600.00
Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office $3,500.00
Atwood Police Department $3,500.00
Haysville Police Department $3,500.00
Graham County Sheriff’s Office $3,400.00
Finney County Sheriff’s Office $3,000.73
Augusta Police Department $2,950.00
Andover Police Department $2,700.00
McConnell AFB $2,700.00
Larned Mental Health Correctional Facility $2,650.00
El Dorado Correctional Facility $2,500.00
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks $2,400.00
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office $2,350.00
Maize Police Department $2,160.00
McPherson County Sheriff’s Office $2,150.00
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office $2,100.10
Ellsworth Correctional Facility $2,035.00
Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office $2,000.00

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 2019 Richard LaMunyon Hall of Fame winner Joni Showalter. Joni engaged the communities in NW Kansas to embrace SOKS, our mission, and our athletes! She led the highest fundraising LETR Region per capita for 5 consecutive years and engaged 85% of the counties within her Region. She started the Goodland Mustangs Local Program team when she realized there were potential athletes in Goodland without a team. She was responsible for creating and hosting the first “Community Torch Run” in Kansas. Serving as the leader in our new style of events.

Past Winners
2019: Joni Showalter (Goodland Police Department)
2018: Jeremiah Waters (Merriam Police Department)
2017: David Nienstedt (Wichita Police Department)
2016: Adam Taylor (Prairie Village Police Department)
2015: Kristi Powell (Topeka 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)

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