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Trooper Mathew Casavant wins Bob Bell Award

Special Olympics Maine CEO Philip Geelhoed, left, Trooper Mathew Casavant, and Maine Torch Run Director Ronald Gastia, right.

Special Olympics Maine CEO Philip Geelhoed, left, Trooper Mathew Casavant, and Maine Torch Run Director Ronald Gastia, right.

On Thursday, March 28 State Police Officer Mathew Casavant was awarded the Bob Bell Award for his years of dedicated volunteer service to Special Olympics Maine through his involvement with the Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run.

While attending the annual Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run kick-off conference, Casavant was recognized for his hard work and support of Special Olympics. The Bob Bell award is the highest award given to Law Enforcement from Special Olympics Maine. Named after Chief Robert Bell, the Bridgton Chief of Police who brought the Torch Run to Maine, the award is given annually to those members of Law Enforcement who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the Special Olympics of Maine.

Mathew Casavant has been involved in the Torch Run since 1999. The Torch Run is one of the largest grassroots fundraising programs for Special Olympics world-wide. In addition to the actual Torch Run which takes place the week prior to the Special Olympics State Summer Games, (LETR Run: June 4-7 and SOME State Summer Games: June 7-9) officers also hold fundraising and awareness raising events throughout the year for Special Olympics.

Casavant has served as a Torch Run Leg Leader since 2003, and a member of the LETR Executive Council since 2010. He has representing Maine at an International Torch Run event in Connecticut and has been responsible for bringing two major fundraising campaigns to Special Olympics Maine.

Trooper Casavant is the 15th person to win the award.

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4 Responses »

  1. Loved working the always popular "Tip-a-Cop" fundraisers! Thanks for all you do for the Special Olympics.

  2. Trooper Casavant-Great job and sharp looking picture!

  3. Congratulations Matt! ~ The Roberts

  4. Outstanding young man. Family and friends are very proud Matthew

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