Aside from being named the statewide law enforcement agency of the year for 2012, five officers were individually recognized for their efforts to curtail drunk driving in the state of Georgia. Officer Wesley McNue was awarded the gold pin for making between 100 and 149 DUI arrests, Sgt. Scott Cumbie and Officer Kelly Horne were awarded the silver pin for making between 50 and 99 DUI arrests and Officer Timothy Williams and Marcus Stroud were awarded the bronze pin for making between 25 and 49 DUI arrests.
Cumbie and Williams, who work for the Special Operations Division’s H.E.A.T. unit, reacted to their respective awards in different manners.
Cumbie said the award was very unexpected.
“I was humbled when I received my award from MADD,” he said. “The award is an honor. I display my pin on my uniform and in my office.”
Williams, on the other hand, said the award made all his passion for his work all the more worth it.
“When I learned I was going to receive an award from MADD it made me feel like I was really making a difference and that all my dedication and hard work was being recognized and appreciated,” he said.
For each of the officers, DUI enforcement holds a special meaning.
Cumbie said the fatalities that arise from those who drive under the influence could be prevented and he wants to do his share in preventing them.
“I have investigated too many fatal accidents that involved drivers that were DUI,” he said. “Every time we are able to remove a DUI from the road, I know that they will not be able to hurt an innocent family with their selfish actions.
Williams also spoke to the fatalities that can be incurred when residents choose to drive impaired by alcohol.
“I feel DUI enforcement is important because many times the ones injured or killed due to the result of an impaired driver is not the impaired driver themselves but an innocent bystander or motorist,” he said.
Each year’s program is funded by a grant provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.