16 Troopers Honored for Drunk Driving Enforcement, Prevention

LINCOLN, Neb. (KNOP) - Presented with Hero Awards at the 20th annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hero Awards ceremony Monday in Lincoln:
Troop A - Omaha Adult DUI Enforcement - Trp. Jake Arnold #22
Education & Awareness Team - Trp. Keith Bell #574 and
Trp. Kevin Chase #429

Nebraska State Patrol logo

Troop C – Grand Island Adult DUI Enforcement Team
Sgt. JJ Pedersen #348
Trp. Ryan Stirn #687
Trp. Luke Kelley #167
Trp. Zachary Lorang #183
Trp. Cody Cassidy #134
Trp. Justin Brase #419
Adult DUI Enforcement- Trp. Ryan Stirn #687

Troop D – North Platte Adult DUI Enforcement Team -
Trp. Matthew Naughtin #327
Trp. Kelli Nichelson #359
Trp. Nick Jones #241
MIP Enforcement-Inv. Shane Belgum #209

Troop E - Scottsbluff Adult DUI Enforcement Trp. Michael Nutsch #321

Troop H - Lincoln Adult DUI Enforcement - Trp. Austin Donner #93
Education & Awareness - Trp. Charlie Cook #177

More than a dozen troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol
(NSP) were honored for their efforts to remove drunk drivers from the road and educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving.

16 troopers were presented with Hero Awards at the 20th annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hero Awards ceremony, held Tuesday at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln. MADD honors law enforcement across the state for their daily work to keep drunk or drugged drivers off Nebraska’s roads.
“Drunk driving has the potential to hurt many people,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We salute MADD’s continuous efforts to shine a light on drunk driving.
These honors for our troopers, along with other officers and public servants around the state, demonstrate a collaborative dedication to making Nebraska’s roads safer and preventing tragedies.”

In 2018, NSP troopers arrested more than 1,250 drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The troopers recognized by MADD today accounted for more than 360 DUI and DUID arrests in 2018. They have also conducted hundreds of events across the state to educate Nebraska’s youth about the dangers of drinking and driving.

“Working to keep drunk drivers off the road isn’t just about enforcement,” said Colonel Bolduc.

“Our troopers make hundreds of presentations throughout the state every year, working to educate teens on the dangers of impaired driving. That work wouldn’t be possible without the help of schools, community organizations, and advocacy groups across Nebraska.”

MADD honored individuals from more than a dozen agencies and organizations around the state."