The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Larry Timmer as the 28th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Timmer, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Special Olympics.
Tyler Johnson (left) joined Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (right) to present Larry Timmer with a check for $50,000.
Timmer retired from the Tampa Police Department and now volunteers roughly 30-40 hours each week organizing events and assisting others without ever receiving compensation for his help. He has a passion for volunteering and helping those who can’t help themselves. Timmer is heavily involved with Special Olympics Florida and helps the athletes directly. He helps build confidence with the athletes he deals with and without his help, many of the Special Olympians wouldn’t be able to compete in athletic events.
In 1999, Timmer was assigned as the department’s Law Enforcement Torch Run Coordinator. On his off days, he would organize events in the city to help raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Florida. In 2001, he became the Torch Run Regional Director, helping law enforcement agencies located in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties to organize events in their area to raise awareness for Special Olympics Florida.