The state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored two N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission employees earlier this year at its annual awards banquet.
The MADD Hero award was presented to Wildlife Officer Scott Strickland, and a “Heart of MADD” award was presented to Public Information Officer Geoff Cantrell.
The Hero award honors officers for community involvement, representing a belief in MADD’s mission and going above and beyond normal job requirements. Strickland was recognized for his efforts in proactive law enforcement and for educating the members of his community on the dangers of irresponsible boating. Strickland is only the second wildlife officer to have received this award.
The “Heart of MADD” award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in prevention of underage drinking and impaired driving. Cantrell, a public information officer for the Wildlife Commission, was instrumental in the development and coordination of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign. What started as a partnership with Wildlife Commission law enforcement officers and the State Highway Patrol has grown to include many other state, local and federal agencies largely through the efforts of Cantrell. This campaign is now recognized as a model partnership program throughout the nation.
“Operating a boat while impaired continues to be a crime we encounter far too frequently,” said Capt. Todd Radabaugh with the Wildlife Commission. “Whether on the road or on the water, impaired operation is 100 percent preventable. Both Scott Strickland and Geoff Cantrell work hard to prevent these crimes through education and outreach. North Carolina is a safer place to live, work and play because of their efforts.”
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Geoff Cantrell (left) receives the Heart of Madd award from LaRonda Scott, state executive director of MADD. Wildlife Officer Scott Strickland receives the MADD Hero award from Kimberly Overton, chief resource prosecutor with North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys.