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Over 170 Kentucky State/Local Law Enforcement Officers Honored for Impaired Driving Enforcement during Ceremony in Lexington

FRANKFORT, KY – Today, Wednesday, November 29, 2023 more than 170 Kentucky state and local law enforcement officers were honored for extraordinary efforts to protect motorists from impaired drivers, in keeping with Gov. Andy Beshear’s high priority on highway safety. 

The occasion was the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards, held at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington and hosted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety. Those receiving awards represented more than 150 law enforcement agencies. 

“Our law enforcement are the heroes who work to keep our families safe by ensuring impaired drivers are removed from our roadways,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Their efforts are saving lives, and we are grateful for their dedication to the commonwealth and our people.” 

Awards were presented to those with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency and in each division from Oct. 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023. Award recipients received a plaque, while the top division winner was presented with the Highway Safety All-Star Award – a commemorative baseball bat from Louisville Slugger. There are six divisions, broken down by number of officers within the agency, and a division for Kentucky State Police: 

  • Division I         1-10 officers 
  • Division II        11-25 officers  
  • Division III       26-50 officers 
  • Division IV       51-100 officers 
  • Division V        100+ officers 
  • Division VIKentucky State Police  

Brian Swift, executive director and CEO of the Tarrant County Medical Society in Fort Worth, Texas, and spokesman for the National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving, addressed the attendees and praised their efforts to save lives in their communities.  

“Today is more than just receiving an award,” said Swift. “It is about saving lives, and that is what officers do have the ability to do every time they pull over an impaired driver. The number of multi-substance impaired drivers on our roads today are staggering, and we must be diligent to enforce laws and utilize technologies that will ensure public safety.” 

Swift’s parents were hit and killed by an impaired logging truck driver on March 20, 2013. His father, Tom, died on the scene, and his mother, Barbara, ultimately died of her injuries three days later.  

“My whole life changed in a second, and it was 100% preventable,” said Swift. “Don’t be fooled: It can happen to you or your loved ones, and law enforcement is the first line of defense in getting irresponsible people off our roads.” 

According to the KOHS, last year in Kentucky there were 4,127 total crashes involving an impaired driver, resulting in 1,990 injuries and 189 deaths.  

“Too many families have lost loved ones due to this selfish act,” said KOHS Executive Director Bill Bell. “Our office will continue to support law enforcement efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roads, including providing federal funds for additional enforcement during this holiday season.”  

The KOHS, Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement agencies are partnering for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday enforcement campaign. Officers will be out Dec. 13, 2023, through Jan. 1, 2024, watching for any moving hazardous violation, with an emphasis on impaired driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds the campaign and reports high-visibility enforcement reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%. 

Awards were presented to the following:

Ceremony photos can be viewed here.

INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS

Title

First Name

Last Name

Agency

Sergeant

Nathan

Nogueras

Alexandria Police Department

Officer

Ben

Sullivan

Anchorage Police Department

Officer

Tyler

Ballard

Ashland Police Department

Patrolman

Colby

Patterson

Barbourville Police Department

Patrol Officer

Brian

Abell

Bardstown Police Department

Deputy

Wayne

Mays

Bath County Sheriff's Office

Patrolman

Timothy B.

McDaniel

Beaver Dam Police Department

Patrol Officer

Trevor

Bonar

Bellevue Police Department

Patrol Officer

Shelby

Tekulve

Bellevue Police Department

Patrolman

Jake

Darnell

Benton Police Department

Lieutenant

Chris

Neal

Berea Police Department

Deputy

Christopher

Weires

Boone County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

William

Hendrix

Bourbon County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Seth

Hatfield

Boyd County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Tyler

Mitcham

Brandenburg Police Department

Major

Michael

Wolfe

Breathitt County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy

Aaron

Duncan

Breckinridge County Sheriff Office

Deputy

Chad Edward

Simpson

Bullitt County Sheriff's Office

Peace Officer

Hunter

Tweedy

Burkesville Police Department

Deputy

Jonathan

Barks

Butler County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Nicky

Knight

Calloway County Sheriff's Office

Patrolman

Brian

Coleman

Calvert City Police Department

Officer

Kristen

Fischer

Campbell County Police Department

Officer

Elliott

Taylor

Campbellsville Police Department

Officer

James

Dews

Carrollton Police Department

Deputy

Jacob

Atwood

Casey County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer

Rafael

Casas

Cave City Police Department

Officer

Braden

Riley

Central City Police Department

K9 Patrol Deputy

Josh

Strauch

Christian County Sheriff's Office

Corporal

Jacob

Waid

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Police Department

Officer

Jeremiah

Gailey

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Police Department

Deputy

Stuart

Morris

Clark County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Nolan

Verst

Cold Spring Police Department

Patrolman

Chris

Brown

Corbin Police Department

Specialist

Douglas

Ullrich

Covington Police Department

Deputy

Lance

Watson

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Ryan

Rock

Cynthiana Police Department

Officer

Aaron

Steele

Danville Police Department

Deputy

Nickolas

Hines

Daviess County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Ryan

Fern

Dayton Police Department

Sergeant

J.

Buchanan

Edgewood Police Department

Patrolman

Dustin

Clemmons

Edmonton Police Department

Chief of Police

Bobby

Sexton

Elkhorn City Police Department

Officer

Keilo

Jefferson

Elkton Police Department

Officer

Chase

Dewitt

Eminence Police Department

Patrol Officer

Jerod

Lonaker

Erlanger Police Department

Detective

Brett

Ritchie

Flatwoods Police Department

Deputy

Josh

Patrick

Fleming County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Haley

Ransler

Florence Police Department

Patrolman

Matt

Arlinghaus

Fort Mitchell Police Department

Patrolman

Geoff

Lucas

Fort Thomas Police Department

Officer

Taylor

Bellau

Fort Wright Police Department

Officer

Anthony

Catania

Frankfort Police Department

Deputy

Brandon

Purnell

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Ben

Miciotto

Franklin Police Department

Deputy

Troy

Willard

Garrard County Sheriff's Office

Patrolman

Kaleb

Hartley

Georgetown Police Department

Officer

Grant

Ward

Glasgow Police Department

Deputy

Trenton

Dalton

Grant County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Garret

Clark

Graves County Sheriff's Office

Sergeant

Kyle

Smith

Grayson Police Department

Patrolman

Aaron

Gunterman

Greenville Police Department

Sergeant

Brian

Maas

Harlan County Sheriff's Office

Patrolman

Kenneth

Helton

Harlan Police Department

Patrolman

Hunter

Kelly

Harrodsburg Police Department

Deputy

Lateef

Johnson

Henderson County Sheriff's Office

Patrol Officer

Austin

Miller

Henderson Police Department

Officer

Jason L.

Hendrix

Heritage Creek Police Department

Patrolman

Zachary

Burton

Highland Heights Police Department

Officer

Michael

Dennis

Hillview Police Department

Sergeant

Terry

Riley

Hodgenville Police Department

Detective

Jonathan

Knight

Hopkinsville Police Department

Sergeant

Jason

Conrad

Irvine Police Department

Patrolman

Fred

Neace

Jackson Police Department

Officer

Brian

Colebank

Jeffersontown Police Department

Deputy

Hannah

Rose

Jessamine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Isaac

Owens

Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Conservation Officer

Zachary

Carney

Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Sergeant

Michael

Hamblin

KSP CVE Central Region

Officer

Michael

Smith

KSP CVE West Region

Senior Trooper

Landon

Stewart

KSP Post 01

Senior Trooper

Justin

Cornett

KSP Post 02

Trooper

Evan

Smith

KSP Post 03

Trooper

Cameron

Wright

KSP Post 04

Trooper

Colt

McGuire

KSP Post 05

Trooper

Chris

Johnson

KSP Post 06

Trooper

Bobby

Estes

KSP Post 07

Trooper

Jordan

Barnett

KSP Post 08

Trooper

Terry

Mounts

KSP Post 09

Trooper

Joshua

Jones

KSP Post 10

Trooper

Steve

Walker

KSP Post 11

Trooper

Robert

Stepp

KSP Post 12

Trooper

Skyler

Taylor

KSP Post 13

Trooper

Tyler

Daniels

KSP Post 14

Trooper

Trey

Binder

KSP Post 15

Trooper

Clayton

Jones

KSP Post 16

Officer

Jady

Wade

LaGrange Police Department

Patrolman

Christopher

Steward

Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills Police Department

Officer

John

Grevious

Lancaster Police Department

Chief Deputy

Jamie

Ferrie

LaRue County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Tommy

Houston

Laurel County Sheriff's Office

Patrol Officer

Robbie

Lile

Lawrenceburg Police Department

Sergeant

Sammy

Knopp

Lebanon Police Department

Patrol Officer

Tycondi

Whitaker

Leitchfield Police Department

Deputy

Corey

Harr

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Officer

Michael

Steele

Lexington Police Department

Deputy

Ron

Luster

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Quintin

Wright

Logan County Sheriffs Office

Sergeant

Drew

Jackson

London Police Department

Patrolman

Teddy

Newsome

Louisa Police Department

Detective

Darell

Wagner

Louisville Metro Police Department

Officer

Mark

Girten

Louisville Metro Police Department

Officer

Lee

Cravens

Lyndon Police Department

Sheriff

Brent

White

Lyon County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Jeremey

Hamilton

Madison County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Dustin

Scott

Madisonville Police Department

Patrol Officer

Kendric

Smith

Manchester Police Department

Deputy

John

Ferguson

Mason County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Nick

Workman

Mayfield Police Department

Officer

Cara

Woods

Maysville Police Department

K9 Deputy

Troyal

Cox

Menifee County Sheriff Office

Patrolman

Jacob

Quillen

Middlesboro Police Department

Sergeant

Jared

Garland

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Cas

Grass, Jr.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Patrolman

William Blake

Carver

Morehead Police Department

Patrol Officer

Jacob

Patton

Mt. Sterling Police Department

Officer

Zachary

King

Mt. Vernon Police Department

Officer

Brad

Aubin

Mt. Washington Police Department

Deputy

Kyler

Harvey

Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Office

Patrol Officer

Griffin

Deese

Murray Police Department

Patrolman

Patrick

Reynolds

Newport Police Department

Officer

Parker

Harris

Nicholasville Police Department

Sergeant

Michael

Platero

Oak Grove Police Department

Sergeant

Jacob

Phelps

Ohio County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Parker

Thomas

Oldham County Police Department

Deputy

Chris

Fitzner

Oldham County Sheriff's Office

Patrolman

Jakob

Mueller

Owensboro Police Department

Sergeant

Justin

Sutherland

Owingsville Police Department

Officer

Alex

Whitworth

Paducah Police Department

Officer

Devin

Helvey

Paris Police Department

Sergeant

Brian

DeWaine

Park Hills Police Department

Patrolman

Zach

Bowens

Pikeville Police Department

Officer

Brandon

Hollingsworth

Pineville City Police Department

Chief

Jimmy

Beadnell

Powderly Police Department

Patrolman

Keegan

Williams

Prestonsburg Police Department

Patrol Officer

Chadwick

Spence

Raceland Police Department

Officer

Ryan

Boyd

Radcliff Police Department

Patrolman

Charles

Campbell

Richmond Police Department

Detective

Samuel A.

Brock

Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office

Deputy

Gerald G.

Wooldridge II

Russell County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Mason

Miniard

Russell Springs Police Department

Patrol Officer

Greg

Bellar

Russellville Police Department

Deputy

Caleb

Conley

Scott County Sheriff's Office

Sergeant

John

Duncan

Scottsville Police Department

Sergeant

Tavis

Elzy

Shelbyville Police Department

Officer

Travis

Simmons

Shively Police Department

Patrol Officer

James

Fetty

Simpsonville Police Department

Police Officer

Caleb

Haynes

Somerset Police Department

Patrolman

Joseph W.

Boyce

Southgate Police Department

Deputy

Kevin

Stallings

Spencer County Sheriff's Office

Patrolman

Jonathan

Milburn

Stanford Police Department

Sergeant

Ian

Morton

Stanton Police Department

Deputy

Andrew

Regan

Taylor County Sheriff Department

Officer

Billy G.

Roberts

Taylor Mill Police Department

Deputy

Derek

Baumann

Todd County Sheriffs Office

Sergeant

Joshua

Oden

Trigg County Sheriff's Office

Officer

Robert

Vander Laan

University of Kentucky Police Department

Officer

Chan

Evans

Vanceburg Police Department

Sergeant

Jeremy

Miller

Versailles Police Department

Officer

Ashley

Mairose

Villa Hills Police Department

Deputy

Caleb

Holloway

Warren County Sheriff's Office

Patrolman

Jonathan

Holbrook

West Liberty Police Department

Master Police Officer

Dustin

Lee

Western Kentucky University Police Department

Officer

Hunter

Holbrook

Whitesburg Police Department

Sergeant

Jacob

Zink

Wilder Police Department

Officer

Dorman

Patrick, Jr.

Williamsburg Police Department

Sergeant

Cody

Blevins

Williamstown Police Department

Patrolman

Wesley

Craycraft

Winchester Police Department

DIVISION AWARD WINNERS

Division

Title

First Name

Last Name    

Agency

Division 1       

Patrolman  

Colby              

Patterson         

Barbourville Police Department

Division 2

Deputy

Ron

Luster

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Division 3

Deputy

Quintin

Wright

Logan County Sheriff’s Office

Division 4

Officer

Alex

Whitworth

Paducah Police Department

Division 5

Officer

Michael

Steele

Lexington Police Department

Division 6

Trooper

Steve

Walker

KSP Post 11

 

Ceremony photos can be viewed here.

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