Two Brunswick officers were honored last week during the annual Community Champions awards ceremony sponsored by local chapters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Officer Joe Ceccacci was awarded the DEUCE award for service above and beyond the call of duty to enforce impaired and drunken driving laws.
The award stands for Doing the Extraordinary, Unselfishly, Continually Everyday. Ceccacci was among 18 officers from area police departments to be nominated for the award.
Officer Scott Smith was awarded the Top Cop award for the department for the third year in a row for his enforcement of operating a vehicle while impaired laws in Brunswick.
Police Lt. Brian Ohlin said Ceccacci’s training is invaluable in building a case against drivers under the influence of prescription drugs or other drugs.
“The problem of drug-impaired drivers is becoming more of an issue,” he said. “Even roadside breath tests that detect for reason of impairment do not allow us to identify for other drugs.”
Ceccacci serves as a member of the Medina County OVI Task Force and as a certified drug recognition expert in Ohio.
Drug recognition experts can conduct interviews with people suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs and provide documentation to support the arrest in court, along with toxicology reports that may also be included, Ohlin said.
“Joe is very dedicated and passionate in that area, and it’s one of the primary reasons we nominated him to receive this award,” he said.