Three Glen Cove police officers and a Glen Cove High School teacher were honored on Thursday for extending a helping hand in the fight against drunk driving.
The Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, better known as MADD, held its annual luncheon yesterday at the Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst.
During the event, MADD representatives honor Long Island law enforcement, including officers, attorneys and local citizens, who display an extraordinary commitment to the fight against drunk driving. More than 50 law enforcement professionals on the Island were among the award recipients this year.
City officer Peter Trubish has received the award two years consecutively. In 2009, he is credited with 18 local DWI arrests. Also sharing the honor for a second year was officer Christopher Albin. He made 18 DWI arrests last year.
"Officer Trubish and officer Albin are the first line of defense; they enforce the DWI laws and protect us," said Margaret Rebholz, vice president of the MADD Long Island Advisory Board.
Officer David Leon, who made 14 local DWI arrests in 2009, was also chosen as an award recipient.
"Professionals like officer Leon are saving the lives of your loved ones as they work to get drunk drivers off the roads of our communities," said Denna Cohen, the chapter's president.
The awards, however, did not end there.
Christopher Barry, a video production teacher at the high school, earned the year's Citizen of the Year award for his production of a DWI prevention video. The video educates students about the consequences of driving drunk and encourages them to make good choices. The video is shown to students before prom and runs on a loop in the school's lobby during DWI Awareness Week.
"We think it's vital to recognize those who share the commitment of MADD's mission to eliminate drunk driving," Rebholz said.
Special guest speaker, Lenny Rosado was in attendance to speak of his determination to see Leandra's Law passed in New York State.
The law is dedicated to his 11-year-old daughter who was killed in October 2009 while riding in a van being driven by a friend's mother. The mother, while drunk, crashed and flipped the vehicle of children on the Henry Hudson Parkway. The law pushes for the protection of child passengers involved in drunk driving incidents.