Officer Daniel Clark of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Police Department has been chosen by the public as the 2010 America's Most Wanted All-Star Contest Grand Prize Winner. The contest, sponsored by Sprint (NYSE: S) and presented by Fox Television's America's Most Wanted, recognizes the bravery of our nation's first responders. AMW will feature Officer Clark's story in its broadcast on Saturday, May 29, 2010 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
On the morning of Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Officer Clark and his partner responded to a holdup alarm at a local business. When they got there, they were faced not with a hold up, but with a domestic violence dispute. As they approached the business, the main suspect fled into a nearby ravine. As the assailant fled, he shot at the officers, hitting both of them. Officer Clark, who was shot twice -- including one shot to the head -- quickly returned fire, stopping the suspect. Sadly, Officer Clark's partner died. A ten-year veteran of law enforcement, Officer Clark is widely known as a dedicated and passionate professional. He has since recovered from his injuries and returned to his police duties in Winston-Salem.
Officer Clark was one of more than 1100 first responders nominated by members of the public in the AMW All-Star Contest, and was chosen by online voting as one of eight weekly finalists. Then, through votes cast by the public at the America's Most Wanted website, AMW.com, and via text message from Sprint phones, he was chosen as the Grand Prize winner.
AMW host John Walsh delivered the news to Officer Clark in a phone call from the AMW studio in Washington, DC. "You've shown incredible bravery and dedication," Walsh told the winner, "You are a true role model for all first responders."
"We congratulate Officer Clark on winning the 2010 All-Star Contest and we're humbled by his heroism and service to the community," said Dan Gillison, national director for public safety at Sprint. "We at Sprint are proud to service the public safety community and our frontline responders and we'e pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor the All-Star Contest for the sixth year."
As the Grand Prize winner, Officer Clark will receive a check for $10,000 from Sprint, and be the guest of Sprint and John Walsh at the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series™ All-Star Race in Charlotte, NC, on May 22nd.
A profile of Officer Clark will be featured in the broadcast of America's Most Wanted on Saturday, May 29th (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. In addition, his biography is featured on amw.com/allstar, along with profiles of all the courageous first responders who were nominated.