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Officer 2009

Speech by MADD Halton Region Chapter President - Chris Borak

"This being our Chapter’s first year in presenting the officer of the year award in honor and memory of a local victim, I feel it appropriate to tell you a little bit about Janet Dooley.  

Janet was a happy-go-lucky, people person who loved life.  She often went out dancing with her many friends, always as their designated driver as she didn’t drink.  Janet’s home was often filled with friends who loved her gift of the gab, a quality she often credited to her Mother.  Janet was 25, in love, and planning for marriage, and a career in marketing.   

On Sunday morning, Nov 24 1991, Janet Dooley was alone in her car, stopped behind five others at an intersection.  A three and a half time the legal limit, drunk driver, currently suspended for seven prior drinking and driving offences, slammed his delivery truck into Janet’s car.  Janet was severely brain damaged and died 36 hours later.  

Janet was 25, in love, planning for marriage and a career in marketing.

Every day in Canada, on average, four people are killed and another 200 are injured in impaired driving crashes.

Every day members of the Halton Regional Police Service are supporting MADD in it’s Mission to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.  

Over the last year, Constable Ron Ferlin has contributed greatly to our cause with enforcement, education and awareness initiatives.  Through arrests and temporary licence suspensions, Constable Ron Ferlin has personally removed almost 30 drinking drivers from Halton roadways.  He has devoted significant time and energy toward R.I.D.E. spot checks and programs, and was involved in media events reporting the dangers of drinking and driving.  

For his commitment to traffic safety, his service to our community and society.  In appreciation of his efforts to stop impaired driving, I am pleased to name Constable Ron Ferlin as MADD Halton Region’s Officer of the year."