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 April 8th, 2008  
Two St. Lucie County deputies honored by M.A.D.D. for combined 297 drunk driving arrests in 2007, St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces
 
Two St. Lucie County Traffic Unit deputies who combined to make nearly 300 drunk driving arrests in 2007 were among the 146 law officers honored in Tallahassee Monday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“Deputy Pat Faiella made 144 drunk driving arrests in 2007, and Deputy David Snow made 153 drunk driving arrests in 2007,” Sheriff Mascara said. “The outstanding work of these two deputies highlights the commitment of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office to making our streets safe.”

The annual ceremony took place Monday on the steps of the state capitol building in Tallahassee. More than 40 law enforcement agencies from throughout Florida were represented.

In addition to the recognition given to law enforcement officers, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney Jason Berger was recognized as outstanding prosecutor of the year. He works with deputies and police officers to prosecute drunk driving cases.

Deputy Faiella, 50, has been a St. Lucie County deputy for 18 years. Deputy Snow, 37, is 10-year member of the Sheriff's Office.

Among those attending the ceremony Monday were: Glynn Birch, M.A.D.D. national president; Laura Dean Mooney, M.A.D.D. national president-elect; Don Murray, Florida M.A.D.D. executive director; and Col. John Czernis, commander of the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to M.A.D.D., In 2006, an estimated 17,602 people nationwide died in alcohol-related traffic crashes. Also, Three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives. More information is available at http://www.madd.org.

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