From the News Tribune:
We would like to join in honoring Jefferson City police officer Shawn Dumsday for his work in ridding the streets of impaired drivers.
Dumsday was given the main award during a Wednesday ceremony that honored Mid-Missouri law officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep drunk drivers off the roadways.
The award was given through the Heroes for Heroes program, which is sponsored by the Central Missouri Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter.
He was given the honor for his fourth year of “outstanding work stopping impaired drivers on local roadways.”
Robbie Pace-Cartwright, the volunteer leader for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Central Missouri, said Dumsday leads the JCPD in impaired driving arrests, working many of his days off doing drunk driving enforcement details.
Dumsday has lost several people close to him to drunk driving accidents.
“I lost my best friend in seventh grade, and while I was in college, I lost another friend. And that’s why I’m so passionate about preventing drunk driving crashes,” Dumsday said. “It is personal to me. I’ve arrested several good friends for DWI. I’m not mad at them, but I want the public to be safe.”
The Central Missouri Mothers Against Drunk Driving also honored:
• Cpl. Eric Gottfried, Cole County Sheriff’s Department
• Deputy Jared Dotson, Boone County Sheriff’s Department
• Sgt. Donald Dame, Callaway County Sheriff’s Department
• Officer Coltin McGowan, Holts Summit Police Department
• Officer Brian Jackson, Fulton Police Department
• Cpl. Evan Meyer, Lake Ozark Police Department
• Officer Samuel Hoyle, Lincoln University Police Department
• Deputy Weston Browner, Miller County Sheriff’s Department
• Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F —
Cpl. Morgan Patterson, Cole County
Trooper Grant Ayres, Boone County
Trooper Timothy Fick, Camden/Miller counties
Trooper Catlynn Newbold, Camden/Miller counties
Trooper Allison Enderle, Morgan/Moniteau counties
Cpl. William Surface, Morgan/Moniteau counties
Trooper Andrew O’Brien, Osage County
Sgt. Ryan Thompson, Callaway County
Trooper Nolan Bax, Callaway County
We would like to thank Dumsday and the other honorees for being vigilant at a job that won’t win them any popularity contests. But, like them, we know what they’re doing is far greater: They’re saving lives.