Quantcast

Five Under 35: Jamie Darko shines through service - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Five Under 35: Jamie Darko shines through service

Posted: Updated:
To say Jamie Darko is passionate about helping others and his community, would be an understatement. To say Jamie Darko is passionate about helping others and his community, would be an understatement.
“I’m involved in Special Olympics, Farm in the Dell, and all the awareness for the (Special Olympics Law Enforcement) Torch Run, and volunteer down here at the police station, I’ve done that for many years,” said Jamie. “I’m involved in Special Olympics, Farm in the Dell, and all the awareness for the (Special Olympics Law Enforcement) Torch Run, and volunteer down here at the police station, I’ve done that for many years,” said Jamie.
He’s racked up many awards for his ticket selling abilities. He’s racked up many awards for his ticket selling abilities.
GREAT FALLS -

To say Jamie Darko is passionate about helping others and his community, would be an understatement. It’s not just his passion, but his life. 

“I like to help all those people,” Jamie said.

A smile always accompanies the help Jamie provides. His infectious and zealous spirit makes anyone he meets a quick friend. 

“I’m involved in Special Olympics, Farm in the Dell, and all the awareness for the (Special Olympics Law Enforcement) Torch Run, and volunteer down here at the police station, I’ve done that for many years,” said Jamie.

Those are just a few of the long list of organizations and causes the 33-year-old is involved in throughout the community. At the Great Falls Police Department Jamie helps out with many tasks such as preparing junior officer badge stickers for officers to hand out. 

For more than 20 years, Jamie has been a Special Olympics Athlete. He’s served as a Global Messenger for Special Olympics for more than eight years and for the past five, he’s raised awareness about Special Olympics Montana at the University of Great Falls’s Disability Awareness Forum. 

Jamie helped to build the home on the Farm In The Dell in Great Falls and also donated to the mud room.

He also has a heart for the Law Enforcement Torch Run as an athlete ambassador.

He hit the pavement as one of nine athletes selected to run the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run at the Special Olympics National Games in Iowa. 

In 2015, he carried the torch and ran two legs in Bozeman and Manhattan for the Unified Relay Across America Fundraiser for the World Games in Los Angeles.  He even raised $800 and received a World Games Torch.

Jamie has willingly jumped into freezing cold water in around 20 polar plunges from Cut Bank to Lewistown and Havre to Great Falls, to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

He’s also volunteered with the American Red Cross Great Falls chapter as a transportation specialist. 

He’s racked up many awards for his ticket selling abilities. 

On top of the many hours of volunteer work, you can spot the CMR High School graduate working at Smith’s Grocery store, where he has been employed for 14 years.  He started in the bakery in 2003. 

Jamie shows his love for others and the community of Great Falls through his dedication in giving his time and energy to some many people. 


Four years ago, KRTV anchor Shannon Newth started the "Five Under 35" awards as a way to encourage the community through recognizing those whose attitudes and actions are helping Great Falls grow and improve. As journalists, we want to be part of facilitating change and finding solutions for community issues, one of those being attracting and retaining young professionals. 

More than 50 people submitted nominations this year. A committee narrowed the nominees down to the final five who not only are doing great things, but also have an infectious spirit and positive attitude about living and working in Great Falls.

Our first recipient this year was Nichole Griffith, the director of Victim-Witness Assistance Services (click here for article/video).

Our second recipient was Kellie Pierce of the Downtown Great Falls Association (click here for article/video).

Our third recipient was Rory Schulte of Schulte’s 38th Street Store and Coffeehouse (click here for article/video).

WEATHER
Powered by Frankly

© KRTV.com 2018, KRTV.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?