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19 Rockland Officers Cited For Making More Than 300 DWI Arrests

Rockland Sheriff Louis Falco, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, STOP-DWI Coordinator Leslie Berger with award winners.
Rockland Sheriff Louis Falco, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, STOP-DWI Coordinator Leslie Berger with award winners. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day today honored 19 law enforcement officers from numerous agencies who pulled a total of 316 drunken drivers off the road in 2016.

Officers from Ramapo, Spring Valley, the Rockland Sheriff’s Department, New York State police Troop T and Troop F and New York State Park police, were honored at the annual STOP-DWI Awards luncheon.

Each of the honorees made more than 10 drunk driving arrests on Rockland County roadways in 2016.

“A big thank you to all of our dedicated law enforcements officers who enforce Rockland’s zero tolerance for drunken drivers,” Day told the honorees. “We don’t want drunken drivers on our roads, threatening the safety of our families.”

Spring Valley police Officer Khalid Parwanta made 57 DWI arrests – the most by any officer in Rockland County in 2016.

This was the 12th consecutive year Officer Parwanta was honored.

Spring Valley police Officer Shannon Hansen made 35 DWI arrests – the second most in Rockland County. This is the second year Officer Hansen has been honored.

Spring Valley police Officer Jacqueline Blumfield made 23 DWI arrests and is being honored for the second time.

The County Executive thanked all the officers for their efforts.

Every drunken driver removed from the road meant a possible car crash averted, he said.

“That’s more than 316 crashes prevented and 316 people who weren’t hurt or killed by someone driving drunk,” he said.

STOP-DWI Coordinator Leslie Berger thanked the officers for enforcing Rockland’s zero tolerance policy toward drunken drivers.

"We will continue to educate our young people and members of the community on the risks and fatal consequences of drinking and driving," she said.

Award recipients for 2017

DWI arrests followed by number of years honored

Town of Ramapo

Officer Marc Lieman 16, 2

Officer Andre Sanchez 12, 1

Officer Jonathan Quinn 12, 3

Officer John Youngman 11, 1

Sgt. Chris Youngman 20, 6

Village of Spring Valley

Officer Jacqueline Blumfield 23, 2

Sheriff's Patrol

Officer Robert Moger 9, 9

New York State Park Police

Officer Nelson Marti 10, 2

New York State Troop T

Officer Sy Lee 10, 1

New York State Troop F

Trooper Daniel Balletto 13, 3

Trooper Keith Fitzgerald 13, 2

Trooper Ray Hasan 11, 11

Trooper Don Kim 10 1

Trooper Thomas Orbacz 10 1

Top Sheriff

Officer James Russell 13, 3

Second-place trooper

Trooper Kenneth Plate 15, 2

Top trooper

Trooper Shameed Yadali 16, 10

Second-place, municipal

Officer Shannon Hansen (Spring Valley) 35, 2

Top cop, municipal

Officer Khalid Parwanta (Spring Valley) 57, 12

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