Approximately 450 people attended the 2019 MADD Tennessee Statewide Night of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony held on December 12, 2019, at the Nashville Airport Marriott.  The evening began with a greeting from MADD Tennessee State Program Director, Phaedra Marriott-Olsen.  She spoke of the 10,511 fatalities in 2018 across our nation in resulting from impaired driving and shared that, in Tennessee alone, we lost 380 lives and had 5,257 injuries due to crashes involving alcohol impaired drivers or drivers who had used drugs.  She then told the crowd which consisted of victims and law enforcement from across the state, “This is unacceptable! I am so incredibly sorry that you know the painful ache in your hearts and devastation to your families firsthand.”  She added, “YOU always have a place at MADD. Your loved ones, your families, your friends – THEY always have a place at MADD. MADD will not stop working until there are No More Victims.”

 

Next, Trooper Dakota Jordan from the Tennessee Highway Patrols Jackson District performed the National Anthem and  the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors.

As the candlelight vigil portion of the event began, Phaedra shared her own personal story of being hit by a drunk driver which resulted in multiple injuries including a devastating injury to her aortic heart valve.  At 22, doctors had to make a life-saving decision to cut-off blood supply to her lower extremities during open heart surgery resulting in permanent paralysis.  She empathized with the other victims and survivors in the room and encouraged them that, together, they could save lives  and fight for a future of No More Victims.

 

Marlie Ford, survivor of an impaired driving crash, lit the first candle to honor the survivors of impaired driving crashes.  Trooper Joseph Massengill of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who lost his parents, lit the second candle to remember those whose lives were lost due to an impaired driving crash.  Finally, Director Buddy Lewis  of the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. lit the third candle to assert hope for the future that we will have No More Victims.  As the crowd stood and lit their own candles, an electronic slide show was presented on two screens showing the faces of Tennessee victims killed and/or injured in impaired driving crashes.

 

Steve Dillard

Steve Dillard, East Tennessee Law Enforcement Liaison giving the Benediction before dinner is served.

Following dinner, the event partners were recognized beginning with our Colonel’s Partner, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).  Ted Kruse, of ADM, accepted a plaque on their behalf and spoke briefly to the crowd about how, after the loss of his 16-year-old-daughter, Maddie, in 2015, his company asked how they could help.  He told them they could help make sure it didn’t happen to other families.  He said that since then, they had been very supportive of his family and of MADD to do just that.

Captain’s Partners, State Farm and Nashville Airport Marriott, and Lieutenant’s Partner, the Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers Association, were also presented with plaques.  The Tennessee Wildlife Officers Association, Wal-mart, and the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition were also recognized as Sergeant’s Partners.

 

 

Next, event co-emcee’s Sergeant Vincent Turocy and Trooper Kenneth White of the Tennessee Highway Patrol honored six fallen officers killed in the line of duty in 2019 plus one who was killed off-duty when he was hit by an alleged impaired driver.  They included Officer Nicholas Scott Galinger, Chattanooga Police Department. End of Watch: Sunday, February 24, 2019; Sergeant Steve Hinkle, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch: Tuesday, February 26, 2019; Lieutenant Myron Fair, Memphis Police Department, End of Watch: Thursday, March 21, 2019; Trooper Matthew Elias Gatti, Tennessee Highway Patrol, End of Watch Monday, May 6, 2019; Officer John Ralph Anderson, IV, Metro Nashville Police Department, End of Watch: Thursday, July 4, 2019; Correctional Administrator Debra Johnson, Tennessee Department of Corrections, End of Watch Wednesday, August 7, 2019; Deputy Sheriff Stephen Reece, Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office, End of Watch: Friday, November 15, 2019.

 

After a moment of silence, the awards for Top DUI Enforcer were given.  For  each region, the Top Trooper for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Top Officer for a Police Department, and the Top Deputy for a Sheriff’s Office were recognized for removing the highest number among their peers of impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways in 2018  while maintaining a current conviction rate of at least 75%.

West Tennessee Winners

Top DUI Enforcer for a Sheriff’s Department:

Deputy Crystal Davis

Deputy Crystal Davis, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office,, 34 Impaired Drivers

 

Top DUI Enforcer for a Police Department:

Erskine Caldwell edited

Officer Erskine Caldwell, Memphis Police Department, 62 Impaired Drivers

 

 Top DUI Enforcer for the Tennessee Highway Patrol:

Sgt. Joshua Potts

Sergeant Joshua Potts, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jackson District, 67 Impaired Drivers

 

Middle Tennessee Winners

Top DUI Enforcer for a Sheriff’s Department:

Deputy William Travis


Deputy William Travis, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, 100 Impaired Drivers

 

Top DUI Enforcer for a Police Department:

Sgt. Paul Stein

Sergeant Paul Stein, Metro Nashville Police Department, 136 Impaired Drivers

 

 Top DUI Enforcer for the Tennessee Highway Patrol:

Trooper Barry Qualls

Trooper Barry Qualls, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lawrenceburg District, 87 Impaired Drivers

 

East Tennessee Winners

Top DUI Enforcer for a Sheriff’s Department:

Deputy Jonathon Stout

Deputy Jonathan Stout, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, 26 Impaired Drivers

 

Top DUI Enforcer for the Tennessee Highway Patrol:

Sgt. Stoney Morton


Sergeant Stoney Morton, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Chattanooga District, 224 Impaired Drivers

 

Finally the East TN Top DUI Enforcer for a Police Department was also the Statewide Top Overall DUI Enforcer of the Year bringing in the highest number of impaired drivers overall for 2018.

Officer Jeff Buckner


Officer Jeff Buckner, Chattanooga Police Department, 226 Impaired Driving Arrests


Next to be presented, were the MADD DUI Enforcement Awards. To be eligible for these awards, Troopers, Officers, or Deputies had to have a minimum of 25 DUI arrests in 2018 and maintain a current conviction rate of 75%.  Supervisors were required to verify each award winner’s eligibility and then submit the information to MADD during the application period.

The first category of DUI Enforcement Awards to be given was for the Bronze Enforcement Award. This award was bestowed upon Troopers, Officers, and Deputies, who removed 25 to 49 impaired drivers from Tennessee Roadways in 2018.   The award winners were called in three groups.  The first group to be called included the following award winners:

Nominee Rank First Name Last Name Agency/Department DUI Arrests
Trooper Ryan Fletcher THP Administrative District 25
Trooper Devin Bargatze Nashville THP 25
Trooper Ryan Pope Knoxville THP 25
Officer Matthew Braisted Chattanooga Police Department 25
Trooper Andrew Coppinger Fall Branch THP 25
Trooper Maleeya Ruth Human Knoxville THP 25
Trooper Dustin Mitchell Lawrenceburg THP 25
Trooper Robert Huitt Lawrenceburg THP 25
Sergeant Wesley Bosheers Lawrenceburg THP 25
Trooper Adam Storie Fall Branch THP 25
Trooper Steve Long Jackson THP 25
Officer Alison Smith Brentwood Police Department 25
Sergeant Michael Lockard Memphis THP 26
Trooper Christopher Dunn Fall Branch THP 26
Trooper Brandon Hart Nashville THP 26
Deputy Jonathan Stout Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 26
Sergeant Chris Roark Belle Meade Police Department 26
Trooper Grant Montgomery Memphis THP 27
Sergeant Caleb Cooper Jackson THP 27
Trooper Anthony Bull Fall Branch THP 27
Officer Marvin Perez Chattanooga Police Department 27
Trooper Ethan Purcell Lawrenceburg THP 27
Trooper Christopher Langley Nashville THP 27

 

Presenting the winners with Bronze pins, were Sherita Bussey and Danielle Rudd.  Sherita lost her 18-year-old daughter, Samia Lucas, when she was hit by a drunk driver on October 23, 2016.  Danielle’s 28-year-old niece, Kristy Strickland, was killed when a 4-time repeat offender hit her head-on on March 23, 2018.

 

The second group of Bronze DUI Enforcement Award recipients included the following:

Nominee Rank First Name Last Name Agency/Department DUI Arrests
Trooper Alex Snider Nashville THP 28
Trooper Michael Loftis Cookeville THP 28
Trooper Chris Bayless Knoxville THP 29
Trooper Ronnie Swafford Chattanooga THP 29
Trooper Dakota Bromley Chattanooga THP 29
Trooper Dakota Jordan Jackson THP 30
Officer Tyler Edwards Springfield Police Department 30
Trooper Mariah Harden Jackson THP 30
Trooper Tyler Milam Jackson THP 30
Trooper Trevor Nolan Knoxville THP 30
Trooper Andrew Simunic Nashville THP 30
Trooper Jason Cannon Nashville THP 30
Trooper Dalton Hunt Lawrenceburg THP 31
Trooper Christopher Burrell THP Administrative District 31
Sergeant Richard McKinney Shelby County Sheriff’s Office 32
Sergeant Alex Perry Fall Branch THP 32
Trooper Matthew Rosson Lawrenceburg THP 32
Trooper De’Wunya Topps Nashville THP 32
Trooper Clinton Tudors Chattanooga THP 33
Trooper Ryan Brackett Fall Branch THP 34
Officer Brandon Gentry Memphis Police Department 34
Trooper Joey Story Nashville THP 34
Deputy Crystal Davis Shelby County Sheriff’s Office 34
Officer Alex Moore Metro Nashville Police Department 35
Officer Edward Draves Metro Nashville Police Department 35
Sergeant Scott Lewis Chattanooga THP 35
Trooper Taylor Dent Chattanooga THP 35
Officer Anthony Estrada Knoxville Police Department 35

 

Presenting the second group with their Bronze pins were Michelle Schmidt and Melinda Campbell.  Michelle’s 19-year-old son, Dallas “Bubba” Downs was killed on April 8, 2018, when a friend who was impaired on drugs and alcohol crashed the car in which he was riding.  Melinda’s husband, Michael, was killed on January 11, 2015, when a wrong-way drunk driver on Interstate 65 in Nashville hit him and his friend head-on.

 

The final group of Bronze DUI recipients included:

Nominee Rank First Name Last Name Agency/Department DUI Arrests
Trooper Jeremy Shelton Fall Branch THP 36
Trooper Michael Robertson Cookeville THP 36
Trooper Dustin Cotton Lawrenceburg THP 36
Officer Michael Hickmon Clarksville Police Department 36
Trooper Garrett Flannery Jackson THP 37
Trooper Brandon Jackson Cookeville THP 37
Officer Meghan McKeown Metro Nashville Police Department 37
Trooper Whitney Stooksbury Chattanooga THP 37
Officer Alvin Gray Memphis Police Department 38
Trooper Cody Martin Fall Branch THP 39
Officer Ryan Henehan Metro Nashville Police Department 39
Deputy Daniel Keating Shelby County Sheriff’s Office 39
Officer Hayden Cochran Knoxville Police Department 40
Officer Dexter Rogers Knoxville Police Department 41
Officer Michael Chapman Memphis Police Department 42
Sergeant Paul Clendenen Knoxville THP 42
Deputy Nikolas Madore Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office 42
Detective Richard Presley Murfreesboro Police Department 42
Deputy Michael Dixon Shelby County Sheriff’s Office 42
Trooper Stacy Wigand Fall Branch THP 44
Trooper Terrence Gann Chattanooga THP 45
Trooper James Burger Knoxville THP 46
Officer Lionel Brown Memphis Police Department 46
Sergeant Anthony Sherron Memphis THP 48
Officer Kelvin Payne Memphis Police Department 48
Officer David Payment Memphis Police Department 48
Deputy Jacob Beu  Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office 48
Trooper Willis Moore Chattanooga THP 49

 

Presenting the pins for the third group of Bronze DUI Enforcement Award recipients were Jeff and Donna Garner whose 25-year-old son, Jeffrey Garner, was struck and killed by a drugged driver on May 18, 2017, when his truck broke down on the side of the road in DeSoto County.

 

The next category to be recognized was the MADD Silver Enforcement Award. This award was bestowed upon Troopers, Officers, and Deputies, who removed 50 to 99 impaired drivers from Tennessee Roadways in 2018.  The Silver DUI Enforcement recipients were as follows:

  Rank   First  Name   Last Name   Agency/Department DUI   Arrests
  Trooper   Rex   Bailey   Fall Branch THP 50  
  Trooper   Joseph   Olivas   Nashville THP 50
  Officer   Ryan   Lynn   Chattanooga Police 51
  Trooper   Adam   Cash   Jackson THP 51
  Deputy   Austin   Watson   Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office 51
  Sergeant   Randy   Euler   Chattanooga THP 53
  Trooper   Rocky   Ghazi   Chattanooga THP 57
  Sergeant   Franklin   Ayers   Jacksboro Police Department 57
  Officer   Clinton   Langham   Memphis Police Department 58
  Trooper   Jake   Bramer   Cookeville THP 59
  Officer   Benjamin   Piazza   Chattanooga Police Department 59
  Trooper   David   Greene   Lawrenceburg THP 60
  Officer   Laneeze   Stepney   Memphis Police Department 60
  Officer   Marvin   Richardson Memphis Police Department 60
  Trooper   James   Raines   Knoxville THP 61
  Officer   Erskine   Caldwell   Memphis Police Department 62
  Trooper   Ashton   Cotner   Lawrenceburg THP 63
  Trooper   John – Mark   Tarr   Nashville THP 65
  Sergeant   Joshua   Potts   Jackson THP 67
  Sergeant   Craig   Amabile   Metro Nashville Police Department 69
  Officer   Brian   Dugre   Metro Nashville Police Department 71
  Officer   Michael   Terry   Chattanooga Police Department 79
  Senior   Deputy   John   Stith   Sumner County Sheriff’s Office 82
  Trooper   Barry   Qualls   Lawrenceburg THP 87
  Officer   David   Abbott   Metro Nashville Police Department 91

 

These award winners were presented their Silver DUI pins by Dave and Margaret Brown.  On May 30, 1997, the Browns lost their 24-year-old daughter, Stefanie Kuehl, her unborn son, Thomas, and their 6-month-old granddaughter, Zadie, when they were hit by an impaired driver on his way to serve weekend time for a previous drunk driving conviction.

 

The MADD Gold Enforcement Award was given to Troopers, Officers, and Deputies who removed 100 to 199 impaired drivers from Tennessee Roadways in 2018.  They are as follows:

Rank First Name Last Name Agency/Department DUI Arrests
Deputy William Travis Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office 100
Trooper Adam Malone Chattanooga THP 114
Officer Bradley Nave Metro Nashville Police Department 124
Sergeant Paul Stein Metro Nashville Police Department 136
Trooper William Satterfield Knoxville THP 143

 

Presenting the Gold pin to these award winners was Sgt. Jimmy Brown of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office who was hit and injured by a drugged driver on April 7, 2017, while conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 24 near Nashville.

Gold recipients

Gold recipients with Sgt. Jimmy Brown (in red) and Kara Lonsway, Victims Services Specialist, (right) and Phaedra Marriott-Olsen (front)

 

The final category of DUI Enforcement Awards presented at the 2019 Night of Remembrance and Awards Ceremony is not presented every year as the criteria for attaining it are difficult to achieve.  There are only six recipients total in the State of Tennessee that have ever achieved this level.  This final category is the MADD Platinum Enforcement Award.  These Troopers, Officers, or Deputies removed 200 or more impaired drivers from Tennessee Roadways in 2018. They are as follows:

Rank First Last Department DUI Arrest
Sergeant Stoney Morton Chattanooga THP 224
Officer Jeffery Buckner Chattanooga Police Department 226

 

Presenting the Platinum DUI Enforcement pins were Jack and MaryLou Winkler.  The Winkler’s daughter, Rebecca, was just 16 when she was hit and killed on June 23, 2005, by a ten-time repeat offender.

 

MADD Tennessee was proud to honor these 111 DUI Enforcement Award recipients who, together, removed a staggering 5,279 impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways in 2018!  We know that every impaired driver removed represents potential lives saved and more families kept from enduring the pain of this 100% preventable tragedy.

The next portion of the evening focused on the presentation of the MADD Specialty Awards.  The MADD Tennessee Specialty awards are nomination -based awards.  Anyone could submit a nomination for these awards during the application period, based on the criteria specific to each award.

The first of these to be presented was the Tennessee Excellence Award.  It is given to the top prosecutor for outstanding commitment to enforcing DUI laws and for supporting local volunteer’s victim-advocacy efforts.   This year’s winner goes above and beyond the expectations of the victims with whom he works.  Nominated by a victim family he served, the 2019 Statewide Tennessee Excellence Award winner was General Ray Crouch of the 23rd Judicial District.

General Ray Crouch, 2019 TN Excellence

General Ray Crouch, 2019 TN Excellence

 

The Next award was  the Power of Youth Award, given to a teen that has excelled in their efforts to prevent underage drinking.  This year’s winner volunteered at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Teen Driving Camp and started an active chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at her high school. The recipient of the 2019 Statewide Power of Youth Award was Lennon Spicer of Creekwood High School.

Lennon Spicer 2019 Power of Youth Award

Lennon Spicer, 2019 Power of Youth Award

 

The Power of Community Award is given to a person, school or organization that has made an impact in their community to bring awareness of impaired driving.  This year’s recipient was paralyzed in 2011 by a drunk driver when she was only 5-years-old. Now, she is a local celebrity and hero in Montgomery county.  This year’s recipient of the 2019 Statewide Power of Community Award was Emily Mills.  Emily was ill and unable to attend the event.  But as she and her family watched on Facebook Live, family friend, Sgt. Jimmy Brown, who worked Emily’s crash scene, accepted the award on her behalf.

2019 Power of Community Award accepted for Emily Mills by Sgt. Jimmy Brown

2019 Power of Community Award accepted for Emily Mills by Sgt. Jimmy Brown

 

The Tennessee Golden Achievement Award is presented to a MADD volunteer who has excelled in promoting the mission of MADD. This award is the highest level award to be given to a MADD volunteer.   This year’s recipients lost their son in 2014 and have shared their story relentlessly spreading awareness and asking people to choose not to drink and drive.  They have devoted countless hours volunteering for MADD in addition to attending all three of MADD’s 2019 Walk Like MADD events in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis to raise funds and awareness in honor of their son, Jacob’s memory.  The winners of the 2019 Statewide Golden Achievement Award were Jim and Carol Akers.

 

Jim and Carol Akers 2019 Golden Achievement Award

Jim and Carol Akers, 2019 Golden Achievement Award

 

The next award to be presented was the First Responders Award. This award is given to a first responder who has excelled in exhibiting compassion or assistance where impaired driving is concerned.  In Nashville, this off-duty Cheatham County deputy, noticed a truck that had failed to proceed when the light turned green.  The deputy exited his own vehicle to check the welfare of the driver and found that he had appeared to have overdosed while driving.  The deputy’s quick action not only saved the life of the driver, but also innocent bystanders as well.  In fact, it was not the first time he had taken similar action to assist a driver who had overdosed while operating a vehicle.  The recipient of the 2019 First Responders Award was Deputy Josh Marriott of the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Josh Marriott 2019 First Responders Award

Deputy Josh Marriott, 2019 First Responders Award

 

The Legislator of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond to champion the mission of MADD by putting time and resources into legislation that improves DUI, victim rights, and/or underage drinking prevention laws in our state.  This year’s winner has continuously fought for enhancement and accountability measures for those who choose to commit the violent crime of impaired driving. In addition to sanctioning offenders more aggressively, he has worked diligently on laws to prevent this crime.  The 2019 MADD Tennessee Legislator of the Year award was presented to Representative William Lamberth, District 44.

Rep William Lamberth, 2019 MADD TN Legislator of the Year

Rep William Lamberth, 2019 MADD TN Legislator of the Year

 

Next were the awards for Outstanding Service.  These are also nomination-based and are presented to an officer or supervisor from each of the three regions, that excels in exhibiting compassion to impaired driving victims, partnering with youth on underage drinking prevention, or taking a proactive approach by implementing programs or enforcement campaigns to reduce DUI injuries and fatalities in their jurisdiction. 

This year’s recipient of Middle Tennessee’s Outstanding Service award aggressively and proactively works to prevent drunk driving through multiple programs including, but not limited to, sobriety checkpoints, ensuring deputies are educated on DUI Enforcement,  and communicating the dangers of impaired driving through social media and town hall meetings in his community.  The 2019 Middle Tennessee Outstanding Service Award recipient was Sheriff Mike Breedlove of the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mike Breedlove 2019 Middle TN Outstanding Service

Sheriff Mike Breedlove 2019 Middle TN Outstanding Service

 

The recipient of the East Tennessee Outstanding Service award is described by his superiors as a leader in his department where impaired driving enforcement is concerned. He is a motivator among his peers with his enforcement driven achievements. His diverse experience has assisted him with his DUI enforcement abilities in his community.  The recipient of the 2019 East Tennessee Outstanding Service award was Patrolman Jason Pabon of the Tazewell Police Department.

Jason Pabon 2019 East TN Outstanding Service Award

Jason Pabon 2019 East TN Outstanding Service Award

 

There were no nominations for the West Tennessee Outstanding Service Award for this year.

Next to be presented were the Outstanding Department Awards. These awards are given to a department/agency/section from each of the three regions that excels in exhibiting compassion to impaired driving victims, partnering with youth on underage drinking prevention, or taking a proactive approach by implementing programs or enforcement campaigns to reduce DUI injuries and fatalities in their jurisdiction. 

The West Tennessee winner has taken a proactive approach in 2019 on DUI education with the community at large and has worked with youth as well. Their efforts included a youth safety camp and a citizen’s academy in addition to their ongoing DUI training for both new and seasoned officers.  The recipient of the 2019 West Tennessee Outstanding Department award was Bolivar Police Department.  They were unable to join us at the event, so Lt, Siler of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Jackson District accepted it on their behalf.

Bolivar PD West TN Outstanding Dept Award accepted by Lt. Stiler, THP

Bolivar PD West TN Outstanding Dept Award accepted by Lt. Stiler, THP

 

With the utilization of technology, the Middle Tennessee recipient takes a data – driven approach to addressing impaired driving issues in their county. The department tracks DUI crash hot-spots in order to inform High Visibility Enforcement patrols and pinpoint locations for Sobriety checkpoints. Additionally, the department participates in numerous community events throughout the county each year to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving and sends their officers to DRE school and provides them training to identify impaired drivers. The recipient of the 2019 Middle Tennessee Outstanding Department award was  Metro Nashville Police Department.

Metro Nashville PD 2019 Middle TN Outstanding Dept Award

Metro Nashville PD 2019 Middle TN Outstanding Dept Award

 

The recipient of East Tennessee’s Outstanding Department Award consists of a small group of Troopers who were given one simple task: reduce the number of fatal crashes.  They excelled in an unprecedented manner. During 2018, in addition to their regular duties, this special unit removed 433 impaired Drivers from our roadways in Chattanooga, Tennessee. These four Troopers’ enforcement efforts totaled 33% of the 1,289 total impaired drivers removed from the roadways in the Chattanooga District, no doubt saving countless lives.  The recipient of the 2019 East Tennessee Outstanding Department award was the Tennessee Highway Patrol: Chattanooga District Troop A Midnight Shift.

East TN 2019 Outstanding Dept THP Chattanooga District Troop A Midnight Shift

East TN 2019 Outstanding Dept THP Chattanooga District Troop A Midnight Shift

 

The last two awards of the night were presented by MADD Program Director, Phaedra Marriott-Olsen.  The MADD Tennessee Employee of the Year Award is given to an employee who has shown unparalleled commitment in their work towards our mission.  It is a staff-driven award with employees asked to vote based on their peers’ performance throughout the year.  

December 2019 marked the end of the recipient’s first year with MADD Tennessee. In the past 12 months, she has tirelessly served victims in the East Tennessee region and taken the initiative to create new relationships with law enforcement, court officials and victim communities in that area.  The 2019 MADD Tennessee Employee of the Year award was given to Jami Wilson, East Tennessee Victim Services Specialist.

Jami Wilson 2019 Employee of the Year cropped

Jami Wilson 2019 Employee of the Year

 

The final award of the night was the Director’s Choice Award.  This award is bestowed on a person or agency who has exhibited devotion to the mission of MADD Tennessee through various measures.   Because of the leadership of this year’s recipient and his willingness to support and partner with MADD, law enforcement have become more proactive in Walk Like MADD events across the state, Troopers and Cadets have been given additional tools to provide death notifications, and victims will know the compassion of those delivering the worst news possible.  The recipient of the 2019 MADD Tennessee Director’s Choice award was  Col. Derek Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  Colonel Stewart was unable to attend the event, so  Lt. Col. Matt Perry accepted the award on his behalf.

  

2019 Director's Choice Award for Col Stewart accepted by Lt Col Matt Perry

2019 Director’s Choice Award for Col Stewart accepted by Lt Col Matt Perry

 

The evening concluded with these words from Phaedra Marriott-Olsen, “…tonight, for victims, is not only about gathering to share our sense of loss and sadness; it’s also about telling stories from before the crash that make us smile, even laugh.  Tonight, as we have gathered, we serve as a reminder to everyone else around the country that people are still being killed or injured by impaired drivers. It’s an epidemic that is 100% preventable. So, tonight is about much more than the past.  We also celebrate every individual in this room that is making a difference in the present, and we work together towards a future when there are NO MORE VICTIMS.”

 

Click here for a full photo album of the event.

Click here for a full photo album of posed photos with our MADD backdrop at the event.