The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office recognized officers who went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives Thursday.
Each year, the Tessa Price Award is given to a law enforcement officer who is dedicated to the fight against drunk driving, in honor of the late teenager.
This year, the award was given to Deputy Matthew Schenck.
In 2011, Tessa Price died after a vehicle collided with the car Tessa and her boyfriend were in on Seymour Highway. She was just 16-years-old.
Police say the driver of the other vehicle, Myron Robinson, had a blood-alcohol level of .24 — three times the legal limit.
“The fact that the sheriff’s office works so hard on DWI arrests is important because number one: a DWI can kill themselves, can kill other people, innocent people, but there’s several people here at the office who’ve had family members injured or even killed,” Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said.
In 2016, the Wichita County Sheriff’s Patrol Division made over 100 driving while intoxicated arrests.
Of the over 100 driving while intoxicated arrests, Deputy Schenck made 37 of them.