North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman on Monday received the National Chapter Military Order of World Wars Law and Order Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his sustained outstanding performance on the job and in the community.
The award was received during the meeting of the North Little Rock City Council.
"The Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to nationally recognized patriots, who are honored for their extraordinary contributions to our national defense," reads MOWW’s description of people who receive the award.
In recognition for the most outstanding Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice Official in the United States as submitted by the Central Arkansas Chapter of the Order during the period July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012.
"This is the highest individual award that can be received through the MOWW," reads an official release from the organization.
A patrol officer since 1998, Officer Norman is well-known in North Little Rock for his community service. Local children know him from the "Back to School" event where he distributes backpacks and sneakers to children in need or as the lead officer for the Star Student Program at local schools.
During the holidays he coordinates community programs such as "Shop With a Cop", which he established 5 years ago, and the "Season of Giving" which he created 12 years ago. When Norman is not patrolling, you can usually find him involved in volunteer work, as he raises money for the Special Olympics by participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run or with Krispy Krème’s "Cops on Top" fundraiser.
His supervisors say he builds "lasting relationships" with residents and is a remarkable role model for children; the far-reaching word on the street about Officer Norman even compelled a murder suspect in a neighboring city in 2001 to find Tommy, who then facilitated his surrender.
According to the organization’s website, The Military Order of the World Wars is a patriotic, non-profit, nonpartisan, veterans organization. The Order was established in 1919 to promote the welfare of our nation. Because it clearly is not a self-seeking organization, the Order is widely respected and listened to throughout all branches of government and across the country.
The Order provides an opportunity for officers of all uniformed services to unite in a strong program to promote national security, patriotism, good citizenship, and service to country.
The Order is comprised of 155 chapters across the nation. The role of the elected staff and national headquarters is to support individual chapters, which are the backbone of the Order. Chapter members hold regular meetings to engage in a dialogue on issues of national importance, and to plan for the Order’s outreach programs.