LINCOLN — More than a dozen troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have been 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 today 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.”
Troopers honored include:
Troop A – Omaha Area
Adult DUI Enforcement – Trp. Jake Arnold #22
Education & Awareness Team – Trp. Keith Bell #574, Trp. Kevin Chase #429
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
In 2018, NSP troopers arrested more than 1,250 drivers for driving under the influence. 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.
MADD honored individuals from more than a dozen agencies and organizations around the state.