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Special Olympics awards Knezovich

Special Olympics Washington honored Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for his support of the program.

Knezovich received the 2012 Special Olympics Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign, Sheriff of the Year Award.  Special Olympics Washington gives the award to one Washington sheriff and police chief each year.

Sheriff Knezovich was awarded, in part, for serving with the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign for more than eight years. He also participates in Special Olympics Washington events such as Tip a Cop, the Polar Bear Plunge, Cops on Roof Top and the Plane Pull.

“It’s a privilege to be involved with Special Olympics Washington and have the opportunity to meet and support such great athletes,” Knezovich in a Wednesday news release from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Knezovich has “remained supportive of the movement and most specifically the campaign,” said Tukwila Police Officer Ted Rutt, who presented Knezovich with the award.

”He has lead by example though his active involvement in every Special Olympics related event community wide and has continued to make a difference in lending any assistance available to him,” Rutt said.

Deputies to work at Red Robin for charity

Law enforcement will work as waiters at Red Robin Saturday to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Uniformed Spokane County sheriff's deputies will assist regular wait staff at the Spokane Valley Red Robin, 14736 E. Indiana Ave., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tips earned during the event will support the Special Olympics program in Washington State.

The downtown and North Spokane Red Robin restaurants also are participating.

SCOPE volunteers also will be at the Spokane Valley location to register children in the Operation ID program. Vital statistics and the child’s photograph are loaded onto a computer disk which is then provided to parents. Should the child ever go missing, the disk can be provided to law enforcement to speed the recovery process.

Information regarding the new Spokane County jail project also will be on display at the Valley restaurant.

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