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Nine PA officers honored
for 150 DUI arrests
[Lancaster County, PA]

December 12, 2000
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Nine PA officers honored
for 150 DUI arrests
[Lancaster County, PA]

Justin Quinn
December 2, 2000, Saturday
Copyright 2000 Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.
December 2, 2000, Saturday

(LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.) -- Nine Lancaster County law enforcement officers who made nearly 150 drunken-driving arrests last year will be honored Wednesday at a DUI conference at Willow Valley Resort and Conference Center.

The conference, which is open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pete Collins, a retired Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol officer, will be the keynote speaker.

Collins received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Law Enforcement from President Clinton in 1994. He travels the country, delivering a message on what it's like to be a highway patrol officer.

The conference also will provide information on addictions and how to testify in a DUI case, said Stephen Erni, executive director of the Pennsylvania DUI Association.

The event won't include victim panels or support groups, Erni said, but is designed for professionals.

"... The conference will hopefully give them a renewed sense of commitment to preventing drunken driving," he said. "For first-timers, we hope this broadens their view of drunken driving."

The event coincides with the start of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Month, a time for communities to recognize the severity of driving under the influence, Erni said.

At 12:30 p.m., the county's "Top Guns" will be honored for their DUI arrests.

"This award recognizes those officers who have reduced injuries and fatalities by recognizing and removing intoxicated drivers from our roads," Erni said.

"We understand that we're not going to arrest our way out of this problem. But these officers are deserving of recognition."

Those scheduled to receive commendations are:

East Lampeter Police Officer Michael R. Neff, who made 32 DUI arrests in 1999.

State Trooper James R. Lynam Jr. of Ephrata, 18 arrests.

Mount Joy Township Police Officer Gregory S. Wahl, 17 arrests.

East Hempfield Township Police Officer Kenneth Neidinger, 17 arrests.

Manheim Township Police Officer Keith R. Kreider, 17 arrests.

East Cocalico Township Police Officer Christopher Progin, 16 arrests.

State Trooper Ariel Torres of Lancaster, 15 arrests.

Lititz Police Officer Kerry L. Good, 10 arrests.

West Hempfield Patrolman Christopher W. Kunkle, six arrests.

The cost of registering for the seminar is $15. For more information, call 290-5945.

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