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Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award

2018 Nominations accepted April 1st through May 11th 2018

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Each year, a special law enforcement volunteer is honored with the Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award.  The award is given annually to a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) who exemplifies the standard set by the late Ken Davis for community service and dedication to the mission of Special Olympics Oregon.

2017 Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award Winner, Ofc. Jan Childers

Officer Jan Childers, Port of Portland Police Department is this year’s 2017 Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award recipient!

Officer Jan Childers is an enthusiastic supporter of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Oregon, and her commendable ability to bring new volunteer participants to the program. For the past six years, Officer Childers has been the team captain of her Port of Portland Polar Plunge Team. This year her team's enthusiasm was recognized with the costume contest award. Officer Childers has also participated in Tip a Cop, dodge ball tournaments, sold raffle tickets, and has presented innumerable medals at Special Olympics games. 

What is particularly impressive about Officer Childers' involvement in LETR is her ability to bring new participants to the program.  She is driven not only to personally support LETR, but also to share her enthusiasm and love for the program with other officers and agents. Her passion for LETR is truly contagious, and has increased volunteerism and camaraderie among Oregon Law Enforcement.

Officer Childers has shared with fellow law enforcement that she volunteers with LETR because she is motivated and rewarded by the accomplishments of Special Olympics' athletes. In seeing Officer Childers at medal presentations, giving hugs to athletes and grinning from ear to ear as she presents them with their medals, it is readily apparent that Officer Childers is an exemplary Guardian of the Flame.


2002 Kathy Davis in honor of Ken Davis
2003 Stephen P. Nelson, Coos County Sheriff’s Office
2004 Chief Terry Wright, Tillamook Police Department
2005 Chief Bob Gross, Seaside Police Department
2006 Communications Specialist Dala Steward, Lebanon Police Department
2007 Lieutenant Paul “PJ” Steigleder, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
2008 Dispatch-Records Supervisor/Chief’s Administrative Assistant Judy Macho, Reedsport Police Department
2009 Lieutenant Dixon Andrews, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
2010 Sergeant Joel Goodwin, Corvallis Police Department
2011 Chief Rock Rakosi, Myrtle Point Police Department
2012 Officer Kecia Weaver, Bend Police Department
2013 Officer Brian Frazzini, Salem Police Department
2014 Lieutenant Jeff Kaer, Portland Police Bureau

2015 Sergeant Gwen Johns, Newberg-Dundee Police Department

2016 Officer Pam Ramsey, McMinnville Police Department

2017 Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award Winner, Ofc. Jan Childers

2016 Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award Winner, Ofc. Pam Ramsey

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