Chief Bob Gross Awarded Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award!
President Ronald Reagan once said, "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." These words speak to the very heart of what the Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award is all about. Named after one of Law Enforcement Torch Run's most generous volunteers, the Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award is given to those who dedicate their time and energy selflessly to LETR. The recipients of this award give their hearts and souls to Special Olympics Oregon and do so with no interest in public recognition.
This year's winner is no exception. Chief Bob Gross of Seaside PD, formerly the Chief of Reedsport PD, has been committed to Special Olympics for many years, first in Washington and now Oregon. His compassion and caring is displayed in many ways. He works "onstage" by being at competitions and Games Ceremonies and makes all athletes he comes in contact with feel recognized and important. And he works "behind the scenes" by raising funds, serving on the Executive Council of LETR, and being the South Coast LETR Relay Coordinator. His guidance is actively sought by all. He keeps LETR volunteers motivated and positive, and he continually works to improve the Special Olympics program any way he can.
Chief Gross leads by example and has such a positive and caring attitude towards the athletes that others can't help but get involved in volunteering to help. He has been responsible for many other agencies in Oregon stepping up to become active in LETR. Next year, Chief Gross will step into the role of Chair of the Executive Council when Sgt. Kris Martes, Eugene PD, steps down. He will no doubt lead us with compassion, understanding, and vision.
Special Olympics athletes, volunteers, and staff join with all Law enforcement Torch Run volunteers in congratulating Chief Bob Gross for being so deserving of the Ken Davis Unsung Hero Award.
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