Houston & Peach

Houston, Bibb deputies earn MADD awards

Members of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office were honored Thursday with the “2008 DUI Hero Award” from the Georgia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

MADD’s annual banquet recognizing law enforcement agencies from across Georgia took place at the Macon Coliseum.

“For them to recognize us is just an honor,” said Houston County sheriff’s Cpl. Sean Alexander.

The award recognized the department for 403 drunken driving arrests in 2008, he said.

This was the third straight year that the sheriff’s office has won the award among law enforcement agencies of its size across the state, Alexander said. The agency also has previously won the award, he said.

Nine Bibb County sheriff’s deputies also were honored at the event.

Deputy Anthony Vadini was presented an individual “DUI Hero Award,” according to information from the Bibb County sheriff’s office. Vadini was recognized for making 124 DUI arrests last year, leading the state in Bibb County’s jurisdictional category.

Other Bibb County deputies who received awards for making 25 or more DUI cases in 2008 were: Lt. Chip Wagner, Sgt. Brad Wolfe, deputies Bruce Jordan, Sean Defoe, Johnny Rowe, Glenn Wilkes, Phillip Minchew and Roy Williams.