First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced that the Connecticut Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) presented the Town of Fairfield with a plaque at a ceremony held today in Independence Hall. The plaque was given to the Town for its support and dedication to MADD. The ceremony included First Selectman Tetreau, Police Chief Gary MacNamara, Fairfield Police Lt. Thomas Mrozek, Jennifer Owen, Walk Manager, Walk Like MADD, the 2014 Walk Chairs Jim Rotunno and Dee Souza Tutka and the 2015 Walk Chair Alice Carter. The plaque, which reads Mothers Against Drunk Driving Thanks (the) Town of Fairfield For Your Support and Dedication to the Fairfield County Walk Like MADD Fairfield, CT October 25, 2014, was given to the Town for its participation in The First Annual Fairfield County Walk Like MADD event that was held on October 25, 2014 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
First Selectman Tetreau said, “Our Town is proud to have been the host community for this important Walk. We are very honored to receive this award and encourage the Fairfield community to continue to work together to make positive strides against drunk driving and help save lives. We thank MADD for all of their dedicated ongoing efforts and we also thank our Fairfield Police Department for their strong partnership in this successful Walk.”
According to MADD, “The nation’s largest non-profit was founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver. MADD works to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking.
The First Annual Fairfield County Walk Like MADD was held in memory of Nicholas "Nicky" Rotunno, Jr. who was tragically killed at the young age of 28 on January 12, 1985 in an alcohol- related crash at the hands of a drunk driver. As a result, the State of Connecticut installed New Jersey Barriers on all major Connecticut Highways to prevent future head-on crashes.
With the support, dedication and compassion of MADD for the past 29 years, this compassionate organization has been able to keep Nicky's memory alive. It also continues to bring MADD's mission to light; the mission to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.”
Ms. Owen said, “With Towns like Fairfield joining the fight to end drunk driving, MADD successfully raised $51,297.85 and had 279 participants at this year’s Walk.”
Madd is seeking volunteers to serve as committee members for the 2015 Walk. Anyone interested should contact www.walklikemadd.org/fairfieldcounty.