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Left to right: Deputy Chief Tim Ford, Officer Carlos Cabrera, Detective Thomas Keelen and Chief Keith Bendul
Two officers from the Fort Lee Police Department were honored for their staunch efforts in combating drunk drivers in Bergen County. Officers Carlos Cabrera and Tom Keelen received awards of recognition from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), at a ceremony at Monmouth University in West Long Branch today. Cabrera a Fort Lee Officer for 22 years, received the top award for arrests in Bergen County. Keelen received a letter of recognition for his work. Collectively, both officers have made and or assisted in over 100 drunk driving arrests over the year. Their tenacious efforts to take Drunk or Drugged Drivers off our streets has potentially saved countless lives from the dangers of these individuals. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that on average one person died every 52 minutes during 2013 nationally as a result of an impaired driver.
During the annual recognition ceremony held at Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ, the non-profit organization recognized Police Officer Carlos Cabrera for a fourth straight year and Police Officer Tom Keelen for the third time. Each officer received a Certificate of Recognition for their proactive work in combating drunk driving. Also present for the ceremony were Police Chief Keith Bendul and Deputy Chief Timothy Ford.
The Law Enforcement Recognition program, now in its fifth year, recognized more than 500 officers for their "lifesaving work" this year. The New Jersey MADD Organization is in its 35th year of existence.
Motorists are encouraged to use a designated driver or call a taxi if drinking.
The Fort Lee Police as well as other state, county and local jurisdictions will continue to have increased DWI Patrols as we head into the graduation season and summer vacation season.
Vigilant Officers such as Cabrera and Keelen remain a force in readiness, always present to keep Fort Lee streets safer with their efforts against drunk driving.