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.

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2013
Orlando, Florida


Mike Beck
Indiana

Brian Bray

Kentucky

Adam Christin
Southern California

2012

Indianapolis, Indiana


Jack Allen
Montana

Steve Nigrelli

New York

Kevin Torgerson
Minnesota

2011

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Dave Seper
Colorado

Joan Chang

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Shawn Farris
Kansas

2010

Long Beach, Southern California


Tedd Rutt
Washington

Mark Wollmerhauser

Oklahoma

Randall & Rhonda Bannister
Texas

2009

Mashantucket, Connecticut


Vinnie Adler
New Jersey

Michael Nelsen

Utah

Therese Garagan
Alberta, Canada

2008

Dallas, Texas


Michael Pfau
Montana

Jeff Spaulding

Maryland

Judy Macho
Oregon

2007

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Jamie Hainsworth
Rhode Island

Kathi Christ

Colorado

Sam Trujillo
Colorado

2006

Buffalo, New York


Greg Shipley
Maryland

Pauline Crompton

Northern Ireland

Robert MacFarlane
New Jersey

2005

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Martha Forrest
North Carolina

Larry Timmer
Florida

Don Hull
Oklahoma

2004

Arlington, Virginia


Michel Lariviere
Quebec, Canada

John Pratt
Northern California

Rob Steiner
Hawaii

2003

San Francisco, California


Phil Crosby-Jones
British Columbia, Canada

Ralph Maher
Colorado

John Martin
Vermont

2002

Honolulu, Hawaii


Ken George
Southern California

Thomas Reasoner
Illinois

2001

Wichita, Kansas


William Frick
North Carolina

Rich Near
Northern California

Jason Plaza
Wisconsin

2000

Nashville, Tennessee


Jim Moran
Missouri

Chico Ouellette
Ontario, Canada

1999

St Louis, Missouri


William Dalton
North Carolina

Jim Elliott
Arkansas

Frank Mackey
New Jersey

Nancy Mulleneaux
Arizona

1998

Anchorage, Alaska


Charles Cossentino
New Jersey

Michael Currie Chatham
Ontario, Canada

Gregory Nolt
Delaware

1997

Portland, Oregon


Grant Weyland
Minnesota