LIMA — Lima Police Division patrolman Justin Wireman was given the Prime Cop Award throughout a proper ceremony hosted by Moms In opposition to Drunk Driving on Thursday morning.
The honoree, who works the in a single day shift, credited his colleagues and described the popularity as bittersweet.
“I work with excellent officers,” stated Wireman, who has served on the LPD pressure since 2011. “I’m gracious concerning the award, but in addition hope for fewer (DUI and OVI) offenders.”
The occasion, which honored regulation enforcement officers from Allen, Hardin and Putnam counties, happened at Crime Sufferer Companies on Elizabeth Avenue.
Wireman collared probably the most drivers who have been Working a Automobile Impaired, below the affect of medication or alcohol in 2020. In flip, he additionally racked up probably the most OVI convictions amongst these nabbed people. He stated the method of arresting a drunken or excessive particular person usually takes one hour from begin to end.
A Wapakoneta native, Wireman started his law-enforcement profession in 2005.
The second-highest prize amongst Lima cops went to Christian Martin. Further awards have been distributed to “prime cops” at their respective businesses.
MADD’s tallies and voting for the 2020 awards have been delayed as a result of limitations ensuing from COVID-19. The group has been distributing the rewards for 1 / 4 century.
Pam Styer, MADD Neighborhood Motion Staff coordinator, introduced Wireman with a certificates and a shirt emblazoned together with his identify.
Earlier than the occasion, Styer defined why she takes MADD personally.
“My daughter and granddaughters have been injured by a drunk driver 26 years in the past,” stated Styer, who joined MADD instantly thereafter. “It’s crucial to me.”
As a grass-roots group based circa 1980 in California, MADD has upward of two million members within the U.S. The group has been a consider passing greater than 2,300 legal guidelines associated to underage and anti-impaired driving, in keeping with a December press launch.
“We honor and acknowledge officers for protecting our roadways protected on a regular basis, and particularly for getting impaired drivers off the highways,” Styer stated.
For extra details about MADD, go to www.madd.org.
Lima patrolman Justin Wireman shows his Prime Cop certificates with assist from Pam Styer, Moms In opposition to Drunk Driving neighborhood coordinator, throughout Thursday’s awards ceremony at Crime Sufferer Companies.