Trooper Sam Trujillo
Colorado State Trooper Sam Trujillo of Salida recently completed 18 years as a volunteer for Special Olympics and was inducted into the Special Olympics Colorado Hall of Fame January 29, 2005, along with 16 other officers at Coors Field.
A member of management, which plans and coordinates the annual Torch Run, Trooper Trujillo uses vacation, holidays and off duty time to volunteer for meetings, functions and conferences. The Patrol does allow him the use of a patrol car to travel and volunteer because he does so in uniform. Trooper Trujillo “ran a leg” of the Torch Run in 1985, his first, and then volunteered at the Summer Games saying “This was the first time I got to see these inspiring athletes.” In 1987, the Torch Run went statewide with a total of 11 routes. That summer, Trooper Trujillo volunteered as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Summer Games. By 1990, Trooper Trujillo was appointed as the State Director of Special Olympics Colorado.
Not without hard times, Special Olympics Colorado struggled financially in 1992 and 1993, and could not send Trooper Trujillo to the International Conference. However, he did attend after paying for his own lodging, food and air travel.
Honored as the Colorado Law Enforcement Volunteer of the Year in 1993, he was later elected to serve on the International Torch Run Council for Special Olympics International in 1995. Trooper Trujillo is one of two Colorado Law Enforcement Officers to serve on the International Council.
Recently, the Colorado Torch Run raised $225,000 in 2003 and $297,000 last year for 7,800 Colorado Special Olympians.
Congratulations Trooper Trujillo, and thank you!