Larry Saunders Award
In memory of James Lawrence Saunders, citizen, soldier, father, Chief of Lakewood Police Department (December 2003- February 2008).
Larry Saunders served our country and our city. Following a remarkable Army career, he applied his leadership experience to establish our police department, as Lakewood's first chief, before donning uniform again to organize training for the police college in Baghdad. Larry championed tireless community service to our Boys & Girls Club, Rally Point 6, Lakewood Rotary, and numerous Neighborhood Association initiatives. Larry was a ray of light. Sadly, Larry passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in January, 2016.
Each year the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund in partnership and cooperation with the City of Lakewood endeavors to honor Larry Saunders through the selection and presentation of the Larry Saunders Service Award, recognizing a citizen, who has performed extraordinary service to the Lakewood Community.
Past winners: 2017, Diane Formoso (Caring for Kids); 2018, Lakewood Rotary; 2019, Alan Billingsley; 2020 The Selden Family; 2021 Partners for Parks and General William Harrison