Local Police Honored Over The Weekend

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Four local law enforcement officers were honored for their work against impaired driving at a ceremony held Thursday at the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Officer David Woodie, Ashville Police Department; Officer John Murphy, Commercial Point Police Department; Trooper Kyle Mackie, Ohio State Highway Patrol; and Deputy Ed Moore, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, were recognized for their efforts in not only enforcing impaired driving laws but also in promoting impaired driving education, according to Teresa Carper, director of the Safe Communities Program of Pickaway County.

Each was nominated by his supervising officer for the honor. This is the second year the program has offered the awards, Carper said.

Chief Doug Clark, Ashville Police, nominated Woodie for his work in keeping the community of Ashville safe, he said. Woodie has worked for the department for more than two years on the night shift, and he works hard to seek out those who choose to drive impaired, Clark said.

Chief Adam Jordan, Commercial Point Police, said he selected Murphy for the award because of his extensive work in keeping impaired drivers off the roadways in the northern county village.

Lt. Chad Neal, commander of the Circleville Post, Ohio State Highway Patrol, said he nominated Mackie, an eight-year veteran, because his dedication to safety has made him a consistent leader. Mackie logged 173 OVI arrests last year and continues to lead in these arrests for 2013. Mackie also earned the award last year.

Sheriff Robert Radcliff, Pickaway County Sheriff, said he chose Moore for his dedication to keeping county roads safe. The department receives a High Visibility Enforcement Overtime grant to make traffic safety a priority, and Moore leads in the area of impaired driving, he said.

Radcliff presented each officer his award Thursday as the host of the ceremony and the office through which the Safe Communities program operates locally.

The event coincided with the kick-off of the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.