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11 officers honored for their fight against drunken driving

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Local,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

In the past 27 years, Montgomery County police Officer John Romack has arrested more than 4,000 people on charges of driving under the influence.

"I believe in what I do," he said. "I know I'm saving lives."

Romack was one of 11 law enforcement officers from the D.C. area who was honored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program on Friday for his efforts in combatting drunken driving. The officers received awards, as well as Washington Nationals tickets, prepaid gas cards and other items.

"[The} awardees represent the front lines in the fight against drunk driving in Greater Washington," WRAP President Kurt Gregory Erickson said in a news release.

This is the seventh time that Romack has received a law-enforcement award from WRAP. In 2011, he made more than 180 DUI arrests.

"I'll stop locking up drunk drivers when they stop driving drunk," he said.

Romack said he often works nights and weekends in order to keep drunken drivers from causing harm to others.

The officer also assists a monthly panel during which victims of drunken drivers talk to offenders. Additionally, he'll talk to church youth groups and speak at rehab centers free of charge.

The other police officers who were honored are: Alexandria Officer Brandon Smith, Arlington County Officer Avery Carroll, D.C. Officer Roderick Saunders, Fairfax County Officer Harold Morris, Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputy Alexander Bracke, Maryland State Police Trooper John W. Cabrera, Prince George's Cpl. Christopher Lord, Prince William County Officer Jeremy A. Schenck, United States Park Police Officer Ronald Pisano and Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Michael S. Middleton.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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