Photo/Story Gallery 2004

Troopers Honored at DUI 100 Club Awards

Florida Law Enforcement Officers recognized by MADDFor the eleventh consecutive year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) officially recognized Florida law enforcement officers who arrested 100 or more drunk drivers during the 2003 calendar year.

The special recognition began on Sunday evening, March 28, 2004 at the “Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope” held at Dorothy B. Oven Park in Tallahassee.

On Monday, March 29, 2004 MADD held a press conference on the steps of the Old Capitol building to publicly thank the law enforcement officers for their efforts and encourage passage of stronger DUI Legislation.

Following the press conference the troopers were presented with a special “100 Club” award by Colonel Christopher A. Knight during a ceremony held at the FHP Academy with family, friends, FHP Executive Staff, Troop Commanders, and new recruits in attendance.

Col. Knight and 18 Troopers in DUI 100 ClubCol. Knight thanking/congratulating Troopers for great job at Academy ceremonyPictured left, Col. Knight and 18 Troopers in DUI 100 Club and right, Col. Knight thanking/congratulating Troopers for great job at Academy ceremony

 The 18 troopers honored by MADD and the Florida Highway Patrol arrested collectively a total of 2,389 drunk drivers during 2003.

MADD hosted a luncheon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center where all of the law enforcement honorees received a beautiful crystal award. The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Patrol’s highest DUI award, the Hurd-Smith Award.

Luncheon at Civic CenterCol. Knight presenting Trooper Ronald J. Evans with the Hurd-Smith AwardPictured left, Luncheon at Civic Center and right, Col. Knight presents Trooper Ronald J. Evans with the Hurd-Smith Award.

This year’s Hurd-Smith Award winner was Trooper Ronald J. Evans with 300 DUI arrests! This special award honors Trooper Kimberly Hurd and Trooper Robbie Smith, who were both tragically killed by drunk drivers in separate incidents.

The following is a list of the troopers recognized during the two-day special services and ceremonies:

NAME AND TROOP # OF ARRESTS
Troop A
Trooper Christopher E. Nussbaumer 122
Trooper Jason S. White 115
Trooper William T. Godwin 102
Trooper John H. Britt 100
Troop C
Trooper Ronald J. Evans 300
Trooper Anthony W. Palese 209
Trooper Douglas A. Guy 125
Troop D
Trooper Darryl T. Davis 100
Troop E
Trooper Talton B. Dunn, Jr. 110
Trooper Rene Guillen 105
Sergeant Alexander C. Annunziato 101
Troop F
Trooper Richard A. Moore 128
Trooper Gregory T. Mitchell 110
Troop H
Trooper Glen A. Ganus 116
Trooper Charles S. Cook 110
Troop L
Trooper Richard A. Nardiello 199
Trooper Charles F. Thomas 122