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Duneland police officers honored for OWI arrests

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Duneland’s three police departments were responsible for 150 OWI arrests in the 12-month period October 2015 to October 2016.

That’s one OWI arrest every 60 hours.

Of those 150 arrests, the Chesterton Police Department made 87, led by Office Aaron Miersma’s 38--the single highest number of OWI arrests of any officer in Porter County during those 12 months.

In second place on the CPD, with 11 arrests: Sgt. Antonio Alfaro.

The Burns Harbor Police Department made 41 OWI arrests and of those Officer Tim Lucas made 32, the second highest number in the county.

The Porter Police Department made 22 OWI arrests, led by Officer Dan Dickey’s 11 and Officer Marty Gonzalez’s three.

The Porter County Sheriff’s Police, not surprisingly, made the most OWI arrests of any law enforcement in the county, with 262.

Officers Tim Bell and Dan Alonzo each made 28 arrests and Officer Meredith Brockman made 26.

The total number of OWI arrests made in Porter County in the 12-month period: 1,044.

All of these officers were honored by the Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force at its annual breakfast in December.

The Phoenix Award

Also honored at the breakfast event with The Phoenix Award were those police officers who used their department-issued Narcan anti-opioid kits to save the life of an overdose victim.

Two officers on the Chesterton Police Department were so honored: Cpl. John Carnahan and Cpl. Jamie Copollo.

Seven officers on the PCSP were presented with the Phoenix Award as well: Officer Brian Lambka, who saved two lives; Officer Meredith Brockman; Officer Derek Cadwell; Officer Chris Winterhaler; Officer Justin Reeder; Sgt. Jeremy Chavez; and Sgt. Larry LaFlower.

The Portage Police Department saved a total of 14 overdose victims’ lives through the use of the Narcan kits; the PCSP, eight; the Valparaiso Police Department, six; and the CPD, two.


Posted 1/17/2017




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