PHOENIXVILLE - The Chester County/Delaware County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) handed out two Outstanding Service Awards and citations to two Phoenixville police officers at the Phoenixville Police Station Monday morning.
Officers David C. Boyer and Robert I. Sutton, Jr. were honored for making the most driving under the influence (DUI) arrests as part of the Phoenixville Police Department during 2003.
"In 2003, our department had 77 DUI arrests," said Police Chief John Kalavik. "Boyer and Sutton were the two highest in our department. That is why MADD recognized them for their efforts."
MADD representative Linda Sposato, whose daughter Bernadette was killed by a drunken driver in August 1999, presented the officers with the citations, along with a tray of cookies. The Outstanding Service Award is presented to officers for exceptional dedication and service to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and to express the sincere appreciation of the organization and support of the mission. The citations, from the United States House of Representatives, were signed by Congressman Curt Weldon.
Kalavik said the DUI arrest is an entire process within itself.
"These two officers are highly trained in this particular field," said Kalavik. "They are both very good at what they do in making these particular arrests."
Sutton said the key to his making a DUI arrest is being observant.
"It comes down to seeing something suspicious and being aggressive," said Sutton. "It's about making the vehicle stop, and upon stopping them, investigating it further. You end up going further than your usual arrest."
Kalavik said that he's proud to see his officers recognized by an organization as noted as MADD.
"This is another example of what our officers do for this community and the positive way they are recognized," said Kalavik. "With these arrests, there is no telling the number of lives that were saved, not just the people in our community, but the drivers themselves."
For more information about the MADD Chester County/Delaware County Chapter, contact them at 610-325-8212.