On Wednesday, April 11, law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn., to honor those officers who have made a significant impact on drunken driving. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Statewide Recognition Awards are presented each year to those officers who, “in their work or daily lives, embrace MADD’s mission to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.”
This year Winona County Sheriff Deputy Chad Myers received a Silver Award for having performed 77 DWI arrests in 2017, and Deputy Les Ladwig also received a Silver for 65 arrests. Winona Police Officer Doug Inglett received a Bronze for 25-49 stops, and Winona Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Dupic, who has just relocated to Rogers, Minn., also received a Bronze.
Myers had spent 12 years in law enforcement, with ten of those years in the Winona County Sheriff Department. He has received nearly a dozen nominations for other MADD and impaired driving enforcement awards, and an Outstanding Service Award in 2012, as well as a number of national commendations and certifications. Officer Ladwig started working for the Winona County Sheriff in 2015, and had worked for the Winona Police Department for the previous three years, and has been in law enforcement since 2006