Rockland officer honored for work with Special Olympics

Mar 25, 2019
Source: Rockland Police Department Rockland police officer Troy Peasley displays his 2019 Bob Bell Award for dedication to Special Olympics.

Rockland — A veteran Rockland police officer was honored last week for his dedication to the Maine Special Olympics.

Rockland Traffic Officer Troy Peasley was given the 2019 Bob Bell Award Thursday, March 21, at the annual Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in South Portland.

This award is given to one Maine law enforcement officer each year for dedication to Special Olympics Maine and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. This award is named after former Bridgton Police Chief Bob Bell, who started the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Maine in 1985. Bell died in 2009 and the award is the highest honor given to any member of the torch run.

Peasley has been Rockland Police Department’s torch run coordinator for 15 years. He is in charge of organizing the annual June run from Camden to West Bath, as well as several fundraisers throughout the year, and attending state and local Special Olympics events to volunteer and present athletes with medals.

Peasley was elected to serve on the Maine torch run executive council and is serving the fourth and final year of his term. In 2007 Peasley was selected to represent the state of Maine LETR at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China; and in 2014 he represented the Maine LETR again at the Special Olympics USA Summer Games in New Jersey.

Peasley has attended three International LETR Conferences: in Calgary 2011, Indianapolis 2012, and New Orleans 2014. Law enforcement officers are the worldwide guardians of the flame for Special Olympics, and the LETR raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics. The Maine torch run raised more than $424,000 for Special Olympics Maine in 2018.

The torch run for Special Olympics is the only charity Maine law enforcement officers are allowed to represent in uniform.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 25, 2019 14:45

W y to go Peasley!

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