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, Orlando100
Trooper Darryl T. Davis, Troop D, Titusville102
Trooper Victor F. Fuentes, Jr., Troop D, DeLand102
Trooper Talton B. Dunn, Jr., Troop E, Miami103
Trooper Richard K. Benton, Troop C, Tampa110
Trooper Thomas W. Hansen, Troop C, Tampa110
Trooper Rene Guillen, Troop E, Miami111
Trooper Erik C. Gonzalez, Troop C, Tampa115
Trooper Jeffrey L. Johnson, Troop C, Tampa116
Trooper Douglas A. Guy, Troop C, Land O’ Lakes129
Trooper Leif E. Cardwell, Troop C, Tampa133
Trooper Samuel E. Niesluchowski, Troop D, Orlando135
Trooper Charles F. Thomas, Troop D, Titusville138
Trooper Richard A. Nardiello, Troop L, Davie181

Congratulations to all and keep up the good work!