PRESS RELEASE– Rockland County this week honored 19 law enforcement officers from numerous agencies who pulled a total of 316 drunken drivers off the road in 2016.
Officers from Ramapo, Spring Valley, the Rockland Sheriff’s Department, New York State police Troop T and Troop F and New York State Park police, were honored at the annual STOP-DWI Awards luncheon.
Each of the honorees made more than 10 drunk driving arrests on Rockland County roadways in 2016.
“A big thank you to all of our dedicated law enforcements officers who enforce Rockland’s zero tolerance for drunken drivers,” County Executive Ed Day told the honorees. “We don’t want drunken drivers on our roads, threatening the safety of our families.”
Spring Valley police Officer Khalid Parwanta made 57 DWI arrests – the most by any officer in Rockland County in 2016.
This was the 12th consecutive year Officer Parwanta was honored.
Spring Valley police Officer Shannon Hansen made 35 DWI arrests – the second most in Rockland County. This is the second year Officer Hansen has been honored.
Spring Valley police Officer Jacqueline Blumfield made 23 DWI arrests and is being honored for the second time.
The County Executive thanked all the officers for their efforts.
Every drunken driver removed from the road meant a possible car crash averted, he said.
“That’s more than 316 crashes prevented and 316 people who weren’t hurt or killed by someone driving drunk,” he said.
STOP-DWI Coordinator Leslie Berger thanked the officers for enforcing Rockland’s zero tolerance policy toward drunken drivers.
“We will continue to educate our young people and members of the community on the risks and fatal consequences of drinking and driving,” she said.
AWARD RECIPIENTS FOR 2017
TOWN OF RAMAPO
DWI Arrests Number of years honored
Officer Marc Lieman
Officer Marc Lieman
Officer Andre Sanchez
Officer Jonathan Quinn
Officer John Youngman
Sgt. Chris Youngman
VILLAGE OF SPRING VALLEY
Officer Robert Moger
NEW YORK STATE PARK POLICE
Officer Nelson Marti
NEW YORK STATE TROOP T
Officer Sy Lee
NEW YORK STATE TROOP F
Trooper Daniel Balletto
Trooper Keith Fitzgerald
Trooper Ray Hasan
Trooper Don Kim
Trooper Thomas Orbacz
Officer James Russell
***2nd Place TROOPER
Trooper Kenneth Plate
Trooper Shameed Yadali
****2nd Place – MUNICIPAL
****TOP COP – MUNICIPAL