Gem of the Day 11/4: MADD Awards 12 Local Officers

By: Mothers Against Drunk Driving Email
By: Mothers Against Drunk Driving Email

Mothers Against Drunk Driving held an Outstanding Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 2, to honor twelve officers for their efforts to reduce drunken driving.

Approximately 80 people including victim survivors and representatives from Brazos Valley area police departments, sheriff’s offices, Texas DPS offices, TABC, Brazos County District Attorney’s office and
MADD East Texas attended the luncheon emceed by Dr. Doug Vance, Executive Director Brazos County Juvenile Services.

Award recipients were selected by supervisors in their respective agencies based on their number of DWI arrests, quality of case work completed (i.e. reporting, sobriety testing, video taping, etc.), and
in the cases of fatality: good photographs, witness interviews, BACs on all parties, careful handling of specimens and evidence and thorough and convincing testimony in court.

Brazos County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven White, Bryan Police Officer Crystal O’Rear, Texas DPS Sergeant Gordon Schneider, College Station Police Officer Travis Sullivan, TAMU Police Officer Rodger Paxton, Texas DPS Trooper Jason Adams, Caldwell Police Officer Daniel Rodriguez, Somerville Police Sergeant Nic Malmstrom,
Grimes County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Baldobino, Texas DPS Trooper Zachary Atchison, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Prior and Brenham Police Officer Richard Bobbitt were announced by Vicki
Mercer, MADD Program Coordinator, and given a plaque and certificate of appreciation by Ben Smith, MADD Victim Advocate.

A plaque was also presented by Dr. Kirk Brown to keynote speaker, Bill Turner, Brazos County District Attorney, for his years of service, effectiveness, commitment and dedication.

The luncheon concluded with a “Time to Honor” introduced by former MADD National President, Laura Dean-Mooney, and is a moment to allow all victim survivors present the opportunity to shake the hands of the honored officers and thank them for their service.

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. If you would like to learn more about MADD and the services we provide, please call our office at 979-823-7008 or visit us on the web at

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