MADD Hero Awards Presented At Tennessee Lifesavers Conference

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sgt. G.R. Marvin, Officer Casey Cleveland, Sgt. Adrian Gib, and Flint Clouse, MADD Tennessee
Sgt. G.R. Marvin, Officer Casey Cleveland, Sgt. Adrian Gib, and Flint Clouse, MADD Tennessee

At this year’s Tennessee Lifesavers Conference in Murfreesboro, MADD Tennessee State Advisory Board Millie Webb and National Board Member Brad Bulla presented 42 MADD Hero Awards to winners from across the State of Tennessee, including East Tennessee officers from the Chattanooga Police Department, Maryville Police Department, Pigeon Forge Police Department, Red Bank Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol. 

Ms. Webb kicked off the presentation by saying, “It is the work that each of you in this room does each day that is helping to save lives here in Tennessee. On behalf of all the families who have been affected by impaired drivers, I want to thank you for all you do and also ask that you continue the great work you are doing across this state.” 

From the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the MADD Hero Award winners were Trooper Jason Boles, Trooper Michael Cummins, Trooper Randy Euler, Sgt. Larry Fraley, Trooper Terry Gann, Sgt. John Grinder, Trooper Kevin Hoppe, Trooper Scott Lewis, Trooper Tommy Lyles, Trooper Michael Marvin, Trooper Rick Rays, Trooper Gordon Roberts, and Trooper Vincent Turocy.

From the Chattanooga Police Department, the MADD Hero Award winners were Master Patrol Officer Brian Blumenberg and Officer Casey Cleveland.

From the Red Bank Police Department, the MADD Hero Award winner was Officer Mark Kaylor.

From the Pigeon Forge Police Department, the MADD Hero Award winner was Officer Lucas Atchley.

This year, MADD Tennessee expanded the MADD Awards to include Outstanding Service.  Winners included Officer Ben Belitz from the Maryville Police Department, Officer Kyle Mitchell from the Maryville Police Department, Sgt. Christopher Moore of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Officer Belitz was nominated as “…the embodiment of the MADD mission statement, and is a credit to this agency and this community.”  Officer Belitz was responsible for 14% of the department’s DUI arrests with a 97% conviction rate.

Officer Mitchell works tirelessly teaching courses to help educate citizens about the dangers of impaired driving, working in conjunction with MADD and other organizations.

Sgt. Moore was nominated because of his commitment to assist other troopers in improving their ability to recognize and remove impaired drivers from our roads.  

Also receiving the Outstanding Service Award was Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  Colonel Rider accepted the award on behalf of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for their efforts through Operation Dry Water.


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