March 11, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, NC – University of North Carolina Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey presented two police officers with Officer of the Year awards during the annual Police Chiefs Conference held today.

Det. Jaime Young of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Police Department received the Officer of the Year Award for Outstanding and Exceptional Service, while Lt. Dan Gundecker of the UNC Charlotte Police Department was awarded the Officer of the Year Award for Acts of Valor. 

“The Board of Governors and I commend both of these men for their high honors,” said Chair Ramsey. “Their continued dedication and actions are a testament to the excellent campus police departments that we have in the UNC System. There is no call that these men and women do that is insignificant and all of our departments work extremely hard to ensure that our campuses remain safe for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

The Officer of the Year Award for Outstanding and Exceptional Service is given to officers who complete a task or assignment that goes beyond the normal call of duty, which serves to enhance public safety, encourage community involvement and demonstrates an effective outcome in crime prevention, community-oriented policing or other projects.

Detective Young from UNCG
UNC Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey (left) and Brent Herron of the UNC System present UNCG Det. Jaime Young with one of two Officer of the Year Awards, as his family looks on.

Det. Young was nominated by UNCG Police Chief Paul Lester based on his work on several complex and notable high-profile cases that routinely resulted in arrests, seizures or convictions. Det. Young has served with the department for over five years. 

The Officer of the Year Award for Acts of Valor is given to officers who have, through a conspicuous act or acts, distinguished themselves by bravery, heroism or outstanding courage and has placed the safety and welfare of others above all other considerations.

Lt. Gundacker was nominated by UNC Charlotte Chief of Police Jeffrey Baker for actions related to an active shooter situation on campus on April 30, 2019. Lt. Gundacker, who served and retired from the New York City Police Department after 22 years of service, has been a member of the UNC Charlotte police force for six years.  

Chair Ramsey was joined for the presentations by Brent Herron, associate vice president of Campus Safety and Emergency Operations for the UNC System. 

Also during the meeting, Chair Ramsey and Herron recognized three police chiefs who had retired from their duties in 2019: Winston-Salem State University Chief Pat Norris, UNC-Chapel Hill Police Chief Jeff McCracken and N.C. State Police Chief Jack Moorman.