RECOGNIZING THE WASHINGTON REGIONAL ALCOHOL ROGRAM LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 206
(Extensions of Remarks - December 19, 2019)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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  RECOGNIZING THE WASHINGTON REGIONAL ALCOHOL ROGRAM LAW ENFORCEMENT 
                          AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

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                        HON. GERALD E. CONNOLLY

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, December 19, 2019

  Mr. CONNOLLY. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Washington 
Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) and to congratulate the recipients of 
the 22nd Annual Law Enforcement Awards of Excellence for Impaired 
Driving Prevention.
  Founded in 1982, WRAP is an award-winning, public-private coalition 
formed to fight drunk driving, drugged driving, and underage drinking 
in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. Through educational and 
innovative public outreach programs, WRAP is credited with keeping 
local alcohol-related death rates consistently below the national 
average. Its programs educate students and the general public on the 
dangers of alcohol and drugs, particularly driving while under the 
influence. Through the WRAP Holiday SoberRide program, individuals who 
are impaired can request a free cab ride home. Since SoberRide was 
launched in 1991, 78,926 free cab rides have been provided in the 
Washington Metropolitan area, preventing potential accidents and 
deaths.
  Since 1997, WRAP has sponsored an annual Law Enforcement Awards 
Ceremony to honor local law enforcement professionals who have gone 
above and beyond the call of duty in the fight against drunk driving. 
It is my honor to include in the Record the names of the 2019 Law 
Enforcement Awards of Excellence for Impaired Driving Prevention 
recipients:
  Officer Patrick Cushing--City of Alexandria Police Department.
  Corporal Bret Kooharian--Arlington County Police Department.

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  Officer Bryce Cooper--City of Falls Church Police Department.
  DWI Enforcement Squad--Fairfax County Police Department.
  Senior Sergeant Bobby Galpin--Town of Herndon Police Department.
  Deputy Caleb Hwang--Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
  Trooper First Class Anthony Wallace--Maryland State Police.
  Officer Henry Gallagher--Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, 
DC).
  Corporal Patricia Cox--Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority 
Police Department.
  Police Officer III John Romack--Montgomery County Department of 
Police.
  Corporal Thomas Kosakowski--Prince George's County Police Department.
  Officer Chad Mason--Prince William County Police Department.
  Officer Daniel Begendorf--United States Capitol Police.
  Officer Christopher Gogarty--United States Park Police.
  Trooper Lucie Vajglova--Virginia State Police.
  Madam Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join me in congratulating the 
recipients of the Law Enforcement Awards of Excellence and in 
recognizing WRAP for its 37 years of public service. I commend the 
staff of WRAP under the leadership of President and CEO Kurt Erickson 
and Board Chairman Gary Cohen for their tireless dedication to 
eradicating underage drinking and drunk or drugged driving. Their 
efforts combined with the support of partner organizations and law 
enforcement agencies have saved lives and are deserving of our highest 
praise and gratitude.

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