Sixteen NSP Officers Honored for Efforts to End Drunk Driving

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.”

2019 MADD Honorees
The 2019 Honorees pose for a group photo.

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.