Lee’s Summit Police Officer Mark Wiesemann was awarded the John Michael Letz Award, the highest award presented by the Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run program.
The John Michael Letz Award, established in 1994, recognizes an individual whose unselfish efforts and contributions are directly responsible for the success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The recipient is an individual who constantly works in support of SOMO athletes.
Wiesemann joined his colleagues as well as past recipients of the Letz Award at the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run Awards ceremony held Dec. 12 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The 2012 Letz Award recipient, Sgt. Mark Koeller, acknowledged Wiesemann for his hard work and dedication. Exceeding the required criteria to receive this award, Wiesemann’s dedication includes serving as his agencies’ Torch Run Coordinator for the last 11 years.
Under his direction, the agency raised more than $490,000 for Special Olympics Missouri. Of particular note, is his leadership as the chairman of the largest Polar Plunge event in the state.
During the nine year history, the event generated more than $1,381,000 – and in 2013 hit an all-time high of $289,000.
He also served for three years on the Games Management Team for SOMO’s state and regional basketball tournaments.