Photo/Story Gallery 2002

14 Troopers Join 100 Club

100 club members with Col. Knight.For the ninth consecutive year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) officially recognized Florida law enforcement officers who arrested 100 or more drunk drivers during the previous calendar year.

MADD rep. speaking to the audienceThis special recognition took place on Monday, February 25, 2002, during a news conference and awards ceremony on the steps of the Old Capitol building in Tallahassee, and later at a luncheon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Besides the crystal award given to each recipient by MADD at the awards luncheon, each trooper was presented with a special “100 Club” award by Colonel Christopher A. Knight.

Trooper NardielloThe highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Patrol’s highest DUI award, the Hurd-Smith Award. This year’s Hurd-Smith Award winner was Trooper Richard Nardiello with 181 DUI arrests! Trooper Nardiello was one of 19 troopers who were called to active duty in support of America’s Operation Enduring Freedom.

The fact that he was called to active duty by the U.S. Navy on November 19th makes this award very significant, considering that he did not work for the Patrol for the last six weeks of last year. This special award honors Trooper Kimberly Hurd and Trooper Robbie Smith, who were both tragically killed by drunk drivers in separate incidents.

The following troopers joined this year’s DUI “100 Club”:

Name and Duty Assignment # of Arrests
Trooper James E. Gilbert, Troop D, Orlando 100
Trooper Darryl T. Davis, Troop D, Titusville 102
Trooper Victor F. Fuentes, Jr., Troop D, DeLand 102
Trooper Talton B. Dunn, Jr., Troop E, Miami 103
Trooper Richard K. Benton, Troop C, Tampa 110
Trooper Thomas W. Hansen, Troop C, Tampa 110
Trooper Rene Guillen, Troop E, Miami 111
Trooper Erik C. Gonzalez, Troop C, Tampa 115
Trooper Jeffrey L. Johnson, Troop C, Tampa 116
Trooper Douglas A. Guy, Troop C, Land O’ Lakes 129
Trooper Leif E. Cardwell, Troop C, Tampa 133
Trooper Samuel E. Niesluchowski, Troop D, Orlando 135
Trooper Charles F. Thomas, Troop D, Titusville 138
Trooper Richard A. Nardiello, Troop L, Davie 181

Congratulations to all and keep up the good work!