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KNIGHTDALE — The Knightdale Police Department raised $37,665 in support of Special Olympics in 2019 and ranked ninth out of all police departments in the state in money raised toward for the organization.
Lt. Ginger Keel received the Guardian of the Flame award for leading the department’s fundraising efforts.
“Since taking over as our Special Olympics coordinator, Ginger has embraced her duties with an extraordinary level of passion and commitment,” Chief Lawrence Capps said. “The leadership qualities she displays on a daily basis — selflessness, enthusiasm and dedication — are the same attributes that drive her to serve N.C.’s special athletes.”
Keel and members of the Knightdale Police Department attended the Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference this month to receive the award.
Knightdale Police have raised money for the Special Olympics for more than 12 years. The department has also taken part in Special Olympics ceremonies, assisted in the presentation of awards for athletes, and represented Knightdale at the National Special Olympic Conference.
“The Special Olympic athletes of N.C. have given me so much more than I could ever give to them,” Keel said. “I am grateful to be involved in our department’s efforts to give back to the athletes in such a meaningful way.”