Luke has been active with the Torch Run and Special Olympics on the local and state level for almost ten years. He hit the ground running, so to speak, straight out of the academy. Not only has Luke worked hard in various roles to continue what was started by previous members of their department, he is also always looking for new ways to engage interest for new department members, seek out donations from sponsors and organizations alike, and raise funds using new fundraising strategies learned at state and international conferences.
He can always be found running in the annual Torch Run, has coordinated and plunged in numerous Polar Plunge events, and has also participated in several Plane Pull events at Dulles Airport. Luke works tirelessly doing fundraising events, such as annual golf tournaments, Tip-a-Cops, Cover the Cruisers, and Haunted Trails. As if that weren’t enough, Luke attends various events for the athletes, such as Little Feet Meets, track & field events, basketball tournaments and the annual Torch Run Kick-Off and Summer Games in Richmond. From the beginning, Luke has always been an inspiration to others, engaging new academy recruits to run in the Torch Run, or taking a dip at the annual Polar Plunge.
Organizing all these events to support our athletes, he never wants or expects credit or accolades for his amazing dedication. You never know what this extremely humble and funny guy will show up to the Polar Plunge dressed like… whether it’s Batman’s Robin, the Little Mermaid, Little Bo Peep, Gilligan Island’s Ginger, or Hulk Hogan… you can best bet he’ll be there, because he cares that much for the athletes.
Congratulations Officer Dean!