Miss. troopers awarded for keeping drivers safe
by Courtney Stevens
Sep 30, 2013 | 2324 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Master Sergeant Robert Williford, Sergeant First Class Thomas Mullins, Trooper Charles Lamb, and Trooper Anthony Franks were given awards for making the most arrests at an annual luncheon in Olive Branch.
Master Sergeant Robert Williford, Sergeant First Class Thomas Mullins, Trooper Charles Lamb, and Trooper Anthony Franks were given awards for making the most arrests at an annual luncheon in Olive Branch.
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Mississippi Highway Patrol Troopers have been honored for continuing to make Bolivar County highways safe.

"The troopers in the Bolivar County area were honored for their distinguished work in making our highways safe from impaired drivers," said Trooper Tony Dunn, public affairs officer.

Master Sergeant Robert Williford, Sergeant First Class Thomas Mullins, Trooper Charles Lamb, and Trooper Anthony Franks were given awards for making the most arrests at an annual luncheon in Olive Branch.

Every year the banquet is held for the troopers that get 100 or more DUIs.

"There's not very many people that do that because of the time it takes to stay out all night and such," said Williford, who is also the supervisor.

"What happened this passed year is that all the troopers, including myself, got over 100 DUIs.

"It's very unusual to have every trooper in one county to do that, and as a matter of fact I've never heard of it," said Williford.

Dunn said these men "have made a definite impact on making the Highways a much safer place to travel in Bolivar County.

"These troopers have worked tirelessly night and day to ensure your families, friends, and loved ones do not have to worry about their safety while traveling on Highways within Bolivar County and within the great state of Mississippi,” he said.

With the combined efforts of these troopers, 583 impaired drivers were removed from the highways and a total of 4,842 traffic citations were written.

"There is no telling how many lives these dedicated Troopers saved," said Dunn.

Trp. Franks arrested 121 impaired drivers, Sgt. Mullins arrested 113 impaired drivers, Trp. Lamb arrested 214 impaired drivers, and M/Sgt. Williford arrested 135 impaired drivers.

“It's definitely an honor…a lot of work…and late nights for us but definitely an honor," said Mullins.

"The guys who work in Bolivar County have really been working hard and doing a good job," said Williford.