MADD honors two Stamford officers for efforts to make roads safe
STAMFORD — Two Stamford Police Department officers were celebrated by the Connecticut chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving at a recent ceremony for making many operating-under-the-influence arrests last year.
Capt. Dedrich Hohn and officer Jessica Bloomberg received a plaque and certificate in a show of appreciation of their efforts to make the city’s streets safer for drivers at the organization’s Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony in Plantsville.
Hohn, who is the downtown police captain, had 43 drunk- or drugged-driving arrests last year and Bloomberg had four.
With 20 arrests already this year, Hohn, who is a 25-year member of the department, is on target to get another 43 arrests this year.
The captain said he was honored to receive a five-year plaque from MADD Connecticut, and added he was happy that Bloomberg received a nod for her hard work on the road.
During the past five years Hohn has made more than 175 OUI arrests, which he believes has significantly cut down on the number of drunk-driving accidents around Stamford.
Also a member of MADD Connecticut’s Legal Advisory Council, Hohn said he decided to redouble his efforts to take incapacitated drivers off the road at the scene of a bad accident caused by a drunk driver on Father’s Day about three years ago.
In that accident a Darien woman had come in to Stamford to pick up a Father’s Day card for her husband. The woman, who was a triathlete, was on East Main when a drunk driver coming in the opposite direction swerved over the double yellow line and hit her head-on.
Hohn chased down the driver who fled on foot and charged him with operating under the influence. The Darien woman was badly injured and had to go through years of hospitalization and rehabilitation.
Hohn said making such arrests has a specialized procedure and officers must know what they are looking for and be able to express it in a report for the charge to stick. As a result, he mentors other police officers like Bloomberg and shows them how to best make the arrests. He says he has yet to lose a case.
Bob Garguilo, MADD Connecticut’s executive director, said he wanted to congratulate Hohn and Bloomberg for working to make Stamford’s roads safer.