Special Olympics Wisconsin created the Law Enforcement Torch Run Dale Brunner Hall of Fame Award In 1999.  Named after Wisconsin’s first LETR Director. This award was created to recognize Wisconsin’s outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Wisconsin Joins the Law Enforcement Torch Run

Milwaukee Police Officer Dale Brunner was instrumental as Wisconsin joined the Law Enforcement Torch Run movement in 1986, serving as Wisconsin’s First Torch Run Director. Dale laid a foundation for success by cultivating relationships of mutual respect and inspiration that united the communities of Wisconsin’s Law Enforcement Agencies and Special Olympics.

The leadership Dale provided as Director through 1999 ignited a spark that burns our torch bright today. Together the communities of Wisconsin’s Law Enforcement and Special Olympics have built an undeniable platform that brings awareness to the unique programs Special Olympics provides its athletes and the opportunity to transform lives through financial contributions, and volunteer opportunities.  Since 1986, together with civic leaders, elected officials, executives of business and the community at large we have raised over $30 Million dollars for Special Olympics Wisconsin ensuring it’s continued success.

The Dale Brunner Hall of Fame Award is bestowed upon those participants who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty in their efforts to enhance the LETR in its support of the mission of Special Olympics Wisconsin. It is awarded annually as part of the Final Leg and Law Enforcement Torch Run® Celebration at the State Summer Games.