SALINAS – On Wednesday April 13, 2011, Santa Cruz Police Officers David Emigh and Chris Vigil were recognized at an award ceremony at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas for their DUI enforcement efforts. The recognition ceremony was a collaborative effort by the State of California Office of Traffic Safety and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The ceremony honored police officers from around the Central Coast for taking impaired drivers off of our streets and saving innocent lives that may have otherwise been lost when these impaired drivers become involved in deadly traffic collisions.
Officers Emigh and Vigil were among 27 honorees from Santa Cruz County law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, Capitola Police, Scotts Valley Police, Watsonville Police, Santa Cruz Police and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to the 27 honorees from Santa Cruz County, there were 54 honorees from Monterey and San Benito County law enforcement agencies.
This was a heartfelt ceremony that included a very sad testimonial by a father who lost his young son in a horrific drunk driving accident in 2009. As Chief, I am honored the Santa Cruz Police Department was represented by Officers David Emigh and Chris Vigil among the 81 honorees from the Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Tri-County area. Please join the entire staff of the Santa Cruz Police Department in congratulating Officer Dave Emigh and Officer Chris Vigil.