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December 8 , 2006

MADD Starts Holiday Season with TOOFS Awards & Vigil

The Garden of Awareness at Farmingdale State College
The Garden of Awareness at Farmingdale State College

Law enforcement officers from across Long Island and New York State were honored today at MADD NY Metro's 2006 Candlelight at Farmingdale State College's Little Theatre.

On December 3, Denna Cohen , president of MADD NY Metro, welcomed more than 200 friends and family members of victims of Drunk Driving to Farmingdale State College. Dignitaries included Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice . For the past 25 years, MADD has held Tie-One-On for Safety (TOOFS), on the first Sunday in December to remind people of the dangers of drinking and driving. Participants are asked to tie red MADD ribbons onto cars to serve as a visual reminder that drinking and driving don't mix.

Margaret Rebholz , Vice President of MADD, presented TOOFS Awards to P.O. Kenneth Apple , Long Beach Police Department; Trooper Gary W. Bedell , New York State Police Troop "L"; Trooper Charles S. Witzcak , New York State Police Troop "L"; P.O. Anthony Dieguez , Suffolk County Highway Patrol, The Safe-T Team; P.O. Troy Caupain , New York State Park Police; and Officer Daniel McKenna , Nassau County Police Department First Precinct Safe Patrol. Additionally, the New York State Safe and Sober Awards were presented to Maria Perez-Lent , Stop-DWI Coordinator for Suffolk County , and to Douglas Death , Highway Safety Program Manager, Suffolk County Stop-DWI.

Following the presentation of awards, in an emotional Candlelight Vigil, family members and friends were asked to light candles in memory of their loved ones.

At the conclusion of the Candlelight Vigil, all were invited to visit the MADD Garden of Awareness which opened for community use this past spring.