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Grundy deputy honored for enforcement of DUI

Butterfield one of 25 MADD Heroes

Published: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 10:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 8:29 a.m. CDT
Dep. Greg Butterfield of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department is shown with his Illinois MADD Heroes Award Saturday in Springfield. Butterfield was one of 25 law enforcement officers across Illinois to receive the honor, which recognized his aggressive DUI enforcement, commitment to supporting MADD’s campaign to eliminate drunk driving and other efforts to make area roads safer.

Sheriff Terry Marketti announced Monday that a Grundy County Sheriff’s deputy was one of 25 law enforcement officers from across the state to receive an award for his work with aggressive DUI enforcement.

According to a sheriff’s department release, on Saturday, Deputy Greg Butterfield was given the Illinois MADD Heroes Award at a banquet held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Marketti said Butterfield was nominated and chosen based on his DUI enforcement record, his commitment to supporting MADD’s campaign to eliminate drunk driving, and efforts to make roads safer in Grundy County. He also said the award is a honor.

“This is a great accomplishment for Deputy Butterfield and for the Sheriff’s Department,” Marketti said. “Knowing only 25 officers in the state are recognized with this award, and one of the officers chosen is from Grundy County truly shows our deputies are working hard to eliminate drunk driving and keep the roads safe in Grundy County.”

According to the release, law enforcement officials were selected based on nominations submitted to the Illinois MADD organization. Officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State and Mothers Against Drunk Driving reviewed the nominations, conducted interviews and selected the award recipients.

Butterfield said he was excited to be a part of the small number to receive the award, humbly noting that many of his colleagues are also equally or more deserving of the award.

“It was an honor to even be nominated,” he said.

While awards are nice, he said they aren’t his source of motivation for his work.

“It’s just a part of the job,” he said. “It’s not what I focus on.”

He said he wants to do his part to keep drunk drivers off the streets. While the results of his efforts aren’t always known, he said it’s nice to be recognized.

“You never know — I could have saved someone’s life,” he said.

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