Richard Gundacker, a lieutenant in the UNC Charlotte Police and Public Safety Department (PPS), recently received the Office of the Year for Acts of Valor from the UNC System Board of Governors.
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 have placed the safety and welfare of others above all other considerations.
Gundacker was nominated by PPS Chief Jeffrey Baker for actions related to an active shooter situation on campus on April 30, 2019. Gundacker, who 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.
The UNC Board of Governors also recognized Jaime Young as Officer of the Year for Outstanding and Exceptional Service. Young is a detective who has been with UNC Greensboro’s Police Department for more than five years.