WRAP's 2018 Law Enforcement Awards for Impaired Driving Prevention (courtesy photo)

Fourteen Washington-metropolitan area police officers were cited today for their “outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving in Greater Washington” and presented with the area’s 21st annual Law Enforcement Awards of Excellence for Impaired Driving Prevention.

Bestowed this morning at a regional ceremony held in McLean, Virginia, the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program presented its 2018 Law Enforcement Awards to:

  • Officer Joseph Winkeler

City of Alexandria Police Department

  • Officer Michael Mitchell

Arlington County Police Department

  • Officer Bryce Cooper

City of Falls Church Police Department

  • Patrol Officer First Class Rashid Roberts

Fairfax County Police Department

  • Officer Jonathan Heavner

Town of Herndon Police Department

  • Deputy Gerald Presson

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

  • Trooper First Class Anthony Wallace

Maryland State Police

  • Officer Zachary Speck

Metropolitan Police Department

  • Police Officer III John Romack

Montgomery County Department of Police

  • Police Officer First Class Thomas Kosakowski

Prince George’s County Police Department

  • Officer Matthew Sciabica

Prince William County Police Department

  • Officer Seth Carll

United States Capitol Police

  • Traffic Safety Unit

United States Park Police

  • Trooper Lucie Vajglova

Virginia State Police

The annual awards, presented at a ceremony this morning at Maggiano’s Little Italy in the Tysons Galleria, were bestowed by WRAP in memory of Metropolitan Police Department’s Motor Patrol Officer Anthony W. Simms. Officer Simms, as a result of injuries sustained while on duty, lost his life to an impaired driver during Memorial Day weekend in 1996. WRAP’s 2018 Law Enforcement Awards were presented by Officer Simms’ widow, Lieutenant Pamela Simms, also formerly with the Metropolitan Police Department, along with News4’s (NBC) Traffic Reporter Melissa Mollet. Today’s event speakers included Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Prince George’s County Chief Henry Stawinski III (the Prince George’s County Police Department co-hosted this morning’s event with WRAP) and Richard Leotta, father of late Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.

“Today’s awardees represent the front lines in the fight against drunk driving in Greater Washington,” said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP’s President. “Their collective effort to annually arrest and remove over 13,000 drunk drivers from Washington-metropolitan area roadways has undoubtedly saved lives.” 

In addition to receiving the Law Enforcement Awards, each of the 2018 WRAP honorees also received a pair of complementary Washington Nationals tickets (courtesy of the Washington Nationals) and a $ 25 gift card to Glory Days Grill (courtesy of Glory Days Grill).

Sponsors of WRAP’s 2018 Law Enforcement Awards & Holiday Campaign Kick-Off included The Beer Institute, BREAKTHRU BEVERAGE – Washington, D.C., GEICO, Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, George Washington University Hospital, Glory Days Grill, Interstate Moving | Relocation | Logistics, Lyft and the Volkswagen Group of America.

Founded in 1982, the nonprofit [501(c)(3)], Washington Regional Alcohol Program is a coalition of diverse interests using effective education, innovative programs and targeted advocacy to end alcohol-impaired driving and underage drinking in the Washington, DC metro area. Through public education, innovative health education programs and advocacy, WRAP is credited with historically keeping the metro-Washington area’s alcohol-related traffic deaths lower than the national average. WRAP, however, may best be known to area residents via the organization’s popular free safe ride service for would-be drunk drivers, SoberRide®.