The Dryden Police Service and Constable Denise Szachury have both been honoured for their work and fund-raising efforts with Special Olympics Ontario.

On January 31, Szachury was the recipient of the Rising Flame Award by the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. She received the award during the torch run’s kickoff in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

She was recognized as an individual who shows exceptional promise of leadership, and continued contribution to the Special Olympics Torch Run. She was also part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg, to help light the Flame of Hope – which kicked off the 2019 Special Olympic Games.

“Denise does a bang-up job at whatever she does. It’s great to see her great work recognized,” said Chief of Police, Doug Palson. “She really took the lead with our involvement with Special Olympics. It’s very important for law enforcement across North America. Special Olympics is near and dear to everyone’s heart.”

In addition to Szachury’s contributions, the Dryden Police Service also received a special award for achieving third place in the highest increase in gross revenue for the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge. The Dryden Police Service raised for $3,200 through the event, which was donated to Special Olympics Ontario.

Photos courtesy of the Dryden Police Service.

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