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March 18, 2018Torch Run 2009

The Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame

The Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics has begun recoginizing individuals who have made a significant contribution to our the cause of the ALETR through the creation of a Hall of Fame. The individuals who have been selected recieve their award at the annual State Conference.  

On September 28th, 2007, the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run inducted its inaugural class into the Hall of Fame. Alabama Attorney General Troy King presided over the ceremony which was attended by law enforcement officers from around the state. The inductees were Chief Ken Swindle of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Bob Berry who is Director of Homeland Defense for the City of Hoover and Joe Stroud, a retired Lieutenant from the Auburn Police Department. Each of these men were instrumental in starting the Torch Run in Alabama. Their dedication and perseverance are the reason we have a Alabama Torch Run today.

At our State Conference on August 28th, 2008, the next class of the Hall of Fame was inducted. Once again, Attorney General Troy King was on hand for the ceremony. The inductees were Cecil Lancaster, retired from the Tuscaloosa Police Department, along with Major Ed Taylor and Officer Tom Little, both from the Decatur Police Department. Each of these men were instrumental in the formation of the Torch Run in Alabama.


  Hall of Fame Inductee Lieutenant Joe Stroud

Hall of fame inductee Lieutenant Joe Stroud

Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Berry

Hall of fame inductee Bob Berry

Hall of Fame Inductee Chief Ken Swindle

Hall of fame inductee Chief Ken Swindle

2008 Hall of Fame inductees (left to right) Tom Little, Cecil Lancaster and Ed Taylor with Attorney General Troy King and Jane Cameron