On February 12, 2015, three Byrnes Mill Police Officers were honored at MADD’s “Heroes for Heroes” Law Enforcement & Community Partners Recognition Event. The Byrnes Mill Police Officer’s recognized by MADD were: Sgt. Roger Ide, Cpl. Timothy Whaley, and Officer James Iken.
“We are very proud of our officers on being recognized by MADD in their efforts to stop drunk driving,” said Mayor Susan Gibson. “They are heroes every day to us and the citizens of Byrnes Mill.”
Each year, the Gateway Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving holds a banquet to recognize those courageous men and women of law enforcement who sacrifice their lives daily to make our roadways safe. These officers who are honored go above and beyond the call of duty to stop the crime of drunk driving, and by doing so, they spare many more families the pain of losing someone they love. It is with this sentiment that we at MADD Gateway see these men and women as heroes.
Several years ago, the Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet started with five hero sandwiches to five officers, hence the name, "Heroes for Heroes". Since then, it has grown to recognize individual officers, specific traffic enforcement units and even entire departments for their efforts.