MADD honors Newnan officer

by Wes Mayer

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Newnan Police Officer Van Meadows received a Golden Shield Honors award from MADD this week. Deputy Police Chief Rodney Riggs and Chief Buster Meadows presented the award to Officer Meadows on Tuesday.

A Newnan Police Department officer was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving this week to recognize multiple drunk driving arrests he made.

Officer Van Meadows was honored with a Golden Shield Honors award for 32 driving under the influence arrests either he made or assisted in during the last year. On Tuesday, Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows and Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs presented the award to Officer Meadows.

“I am honored to have received this award and to have done my duties of keeping drunk drivers off the roadway and making Newnan a safer place,” Meadows said. “I would like to give a big thank-you to all the officers that assisted me in receiving this award and let them know that it was a team effort.”

On March 27, MADD presented the awards to many deserving police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers in Georgia during the 10th annual recognition banquet at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. The organization also awarded pins to officers based on their number of DUI citations — bronze for 25 to 49 arrests, silver for 50 to 99, gold for 100 to 149 and red for those with 150 DUI arrests or more.

“The Golden Shield Honors is our way of saying thank you for all you do to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking,” according to MADD Georgia’s website.



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