Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame recognizes those who showcase the true spirit of the Torch Run Richard LaMunyon started in 1981. It will honor the dedication of the Officers who have and who continue to carry the flame of hope. The inductees exemplify consistent, sustained and significant commitment and leadership to the success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Arkansas. New honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in odd years.
2023 Inductee - Lisa Curry
Lisa Curry is always willing to do the work. This includes the least glamorous parts of fundraising and events. When it comes to commitment there isn’t anyone more willing to show up. She works behind the scenes so often, most people in the organization are not even aware of the pieces she holds together. Although if she wasn’t holding it together we would all notice.
Lisa has represented LETR on the State FOP for years and she consistently finds new ways to keep them committed. She sits on the executive council and runs a key piece of several fundraisers. She is not only willing to jump up and help she is happy to do so. She prefers the background and not the spotlight.
Her humble nature and hard work make her a perfect fit for this award. Part of an inductee should be that you make the organization better than you found it and we can easily say that for Lisa Curry.
2019 Inductee's - Chief Mike Davis, Sgt. Lori Whillock, and Chief Ronnie Burks
Arkansas hosted the second Hall of Fame Banquet November 19th 2019. The evening began with the traditional presentation of the Minors lamp and presentation by the North Little Rock Police Department Honour Guard. Following the ceremonial entrance guests heard from Special Olympics Athletes on the impact Law Enforcement Torch Run has had on the lives. The night was capped when three legends were recognized for their dedication and passion. The organization honored Sgt Lori Whillock of Arkansas State Police, former Chief Ronnie Burks of Arkansas Highway Police and North Little Rock Police Department Chief Mike Davis. Combined the three nominees have contributed over seventy five years as Guardians of the Flame, creating an abundance of awareness and raising funds for Special Olympics Arkansas.
2017 Inductee - Bill Buford
Bill Buford is a true civic leader. He is one of the reasons we are celebrating 30 years of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arkansas. He served as the State Director for seventeen years and many people still actively involved today will tell you he is the person that brought them into the organization.
Bill spent his time in Arkansas growing this program to what you see today. He also served Law Enforcement Torch Run globally on the International Executive Council and represented Arkansas well for thirty years. He will tell you it was all for the athletes, they motivated him to lead our movement. They are the reason for the success.