Tribune Staff, Great Falls Tribune, November 29, 2012
Officer honored for his Special Olympics work
By Tribune Staff
Great Falls Police Lt. Jack Allen has received national and international recognition for his involvement with Special Olympics Montana over the years through the Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Allen is the recipient of the 2012 International Law Enforcement Torch Run John Carion Memorial “Unsung Hero” award. He received the award at the recent international torch run conference in Indianapolis.
This award was created to honor the memory of Sgt. John Carion, of the Sterling Heights, Mich., Police Department and to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to the success of the torch runs on a local, state or community level.
Candidates are nominated from a pool of more than 85,000 law enforcement officers from 50 United States programs, 12 Canadian provinces/ territories, and 48 other countries who contribute to torch run efforts as Guardians of the Flame.
Allen became involved with the Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run in 1998. During his tenure, Allen has been a leg leader, special events coordinator and for the past seven years has been the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run director. Under Allen’s leadership, Special Olympics reports that the Montana torch run has raised more than $500,000.
Over the years, Lt. Allen has been instrumental in helping launch and implement new ideas that promote public awareness of the Special Olympics mission, sources of new funding, and increased opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
“As evidenced by the award, we are very proud of Lt. Allen’s pivotal role in our statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run program and the influence he has had on the global Torch Run program,” said Bob Norbie, CEO of Special Olympics Montana. “As the chief guardian of the flame, Lt. Allen ensures that every Special Olympics Montana athlete has opportunity to achieve their best, to be recognized and celebrated for their gifts and to be welcomed into our communities.”