MADD presents plaque to town

The Connecticut chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) presented the town of Fairfield with a plaque at a ceremony at Independence Hall on Dec. 8. The plaque was given to the town for its support and dedication to MADD.

The ceremony included First Selectman Michael Tetreau, Police Chief Gary MacNamara, Police Lt. Thomas Mrozek, Walk Like MADD manager Jennifer Owen, 2014 Walk chairs Jim Rotunno and Dee Souza Tutka and 2015 Walk chair Alice Carter.

The plaque was given to the town for its participation in the first Fairfield County Walk Like MADD event, held at Fairfield Ludlowe High School on Oct. 25.

“Our town is proud to have been the host community for this important walk,” Tetreau said. “We are very honored to receive this award and encourage the Fairfield community to continue to work together to make positive strides against drunk driving and help save lives. We thank MADD for all of their dedicated ongoing efforts and we also thank our Fairfield Police Department for their strong partnership in this successful walk.”

The walk was held in memory of Nicholas “Nicky” Rotunno Jr., who was  killed at the age 28 on Jan, 12, 1985, in an alcohol-related crash at the hands of a drunk driver. As a result, the state of Connecticut installed new Jersey barriers on all major Connecticut Highways to prevent future head-on crashes.

“With towns like Fairfield joining the fight to end drunk driving, MADD successfully raised $51,297.85 and had 279 participants at this year’s walk,” Owen said.

MADD is seeking volunteers to serve as committee members for the 2015 Walk; visit

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