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Stop DWI program honors law enforcement officers

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The number of driving while intoxicated arrests in Oneida County has slowly gone down over the years, but law enforcement officers say they'd like the number to be zero.

In 2000, there were around 1,000 DWI arrests each year in Oneida County, according to Stop  DWI coordinator Tom Giruzzi. In 2013, that number was closer to 700.

On Thursday, those who combat drunk driving were recognized for the work they do not only the streets but in the community.

"These guys are out there in the trenches every day, in what I think is a vile world," Giruzzi said. "Reward them for the job they do day-in, day-out not only for keeping our roads safe, but our community.

Programs such as Alive at 25 and the Stop DWI Baseball Classic are ways to educate youth about the dangers of drunk driving. This weekend, the Ted Moore Run is happening at Mohawk Valley Community College.

Those honored Thursday include:

Recipients of the Joseph D. Corr Memorial Award:

Boonville: Officer David J. Humphries

Camden: Officer Matthew Hoffman

Kirkland: Officer James Zwijacs

New Hartford: Officer James M. Hyatt

New York Mills: Officer Guy Danella

New York State Police: Trooper Jamie Gallagher

Oneida County Sheriff's Department: Deputy Aaron Award

Rome: Patrolman Hollie Kennedy

Vernon: Greg Sanborn

Whitestown: Officer Matthew Zabek

Whitesboro: Patrolman Mitchell Grogan

Utica: Officer Charles Parkosewwich

Yorkville: Officer Benny Rotundo Jr.

The William M. Weber Memorial Award for Excellence in Crash Reconstruction was awarded to Sgt. Greg Facciolo of the Utica Police Department and Investigator John "Jay" LaFayette.

The Perpetual Agency Award was given to the City of Utica Police Department.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Law Enforcement DWI Investigative Excellence Award was given to New York State Police investigators Jason A. Thomas and Jacob C. Byron.

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