Gwinnett sheriff honored by Ga. Special Olympics

LAWRENCEVILLE - For a tough-minded lawman, Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway certainly appears to break the mold.

Conway has been inducted into the 2008 Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame for Special Olympics Georgia, his department announced Tuesday.

The induction, presented at a ceremony Saturday at Emory University, is the highest honor for the Law Enforcement Torch Run program in Georgia.

Sgt. Webb Redmond of the Gwinnett Police Department also was inducted.

The award honors those who have made a significant impact to Special Olympics Georgia and the Law Enforcement Torch Run through fundraising and the recruitment of sponsors and volunteers to help the program grow, according to Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais. Last year, Conway rode a motorcycle from Alaska to Key West to raise money for the program.

Additionally, the Sheriff's Department was the top fundraising agency for the state for five consecutive years, Bourbonnais said.

The Torch Run Hall of Fame was established in 2005. Award recipients are nominated by their peers. The nominations are reviewed and selected by the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council.