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University Police Honored for Efforts Against Drunk Driving

Inaugural Award Named for Former CSUF Student

Jan. 23, 2014

Cal State Fullerton's University Police Department will honor two of its officers Feb. 12 for their efforts against drunk driving.

Officers Karlton Bridgewaters and Steve Nelson will be recognized with the inaugural Ashley Nelson award, named in honor of a former CSUF student who was killed in 2007 by a driver under the influence of alcohol.

The award was established by the Nelson family, University Police and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to honor students, alumni and staff who have died in accidents caused by an impaired driver; to educate and remind the campus and community about the dangers of driving under the influence; and to recognize campus police officers for their work to remove DUI offenders from the streets, said Capt. John Brockie.

Honored officers will receive a pin to be worn on their uniform, and their names will be added to a rosewood plaque displayed in the University Police Department.

"The Ashley Nelson award recognizes University Police officers that exemplify the dedication to rid the streets of DUI offenders. Officers Bridgewaters and Nelson have set the bar high for other University Police officers to strive for," said Dennis J. DeMaio, chief of University Police.

Bridgewaters and Nelson will be recognized during a 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, program in Portola Pavilion of Cal State Fullerton's Titan Student Union. Expected to join in the program will be members of the Nelson family, CSUF President Mildred García, state Sen. Lou Correa, MADD and members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority of which Nelson had been a member.

For more information, contact Lt. Scot Willey, 657-278-2901.

Media Contact:

Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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