For Immediate Release - April 14, 2008

Anti-Crime Council Honors Three For Educating Youth About The Dangers Of Drinking And Driving

They did it on their own time and without compensation, and now three men who worked together to raise awareness among young drivers about the perils of drinking and driving are being recognized for their outstanding efforts.

The Essex County Anti-Crime Council, co-chaired by Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins and Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, will present the "Good Citizen Award" to Haverhill Police Officer Dennis J. Moriarty, Paramedic Roland Courtemanche from Trinity EMS in Lowell, and Richard Barry from Farmer's Funeral Home in Haverhill.

The award presentation will take place at the Exchange Club's noontime luncheon on Thursday, April 24, at Olivia's Restaurant in Haverhill.

The men collaborated, not only on the lectures which they present in Merrimac Valley driving schools and area high schools, but added a graphics component to more effectively deliver their message. The program, entitled "We've Had Enough," also consists of television commercials, posters, and a billboard.

To lend credibility to the effort, students from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School were recruited to act as models and help with the design of the posters. Many area businesses prominently display the posters, as do some MVRTA buses.

The program has received sponsorships from many businesses and other entities, and is not only expanding locally, but is available nationally to any police agency to use as part of its educational efforts, at no cost.