(Aurora, Ind.) – The family of a drunk driving crash victim was honored during a program recognizing local law enforcement last week.
On Thursday, Oct. 14, Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard held the 10th Annual Victim Advocate Program at the Dearborn Country Club in Aurora.
The surviving family of Dan Theilmann received special recognition for their strength and courage.
Daniel, who lived in Sunman, was killed in May 2009 when he was hit by a drunk driver as he rode his motorcycle on Station Hollow Road. The driver, Melissa Dawn Weaver, drove away from the scene following the deadly crash. She was sentenced earlier this year to 12 years in prison.
The Thielman family has been helping to educate the public on the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse since the crash that claimed their father and son.
Also during the awards dinner, keynote speaker T. Neil Moore, Executive Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and a retired police chief, highlighted on the importance of victim advocates and volunteers.
Other awards presented and highlights at the VAC program included:
2010 Tom Cochran Excellence in Law Enforcement Award was given to Detective Tom Baxter of the Indiana State Police.
2010 Sally Blankenship Leadership in Law Enforcement Award was awarded to Detective Thomas McKay of the Dearborn-Ohio County Special Crimes Unit.
Distinguished Citizen Award was presented to Barbara Koch for her personal contribution to the citizens of Dearborn and Ohio County in the fight against substance abuse.
Community Service awards to local agencies, CASA, Directions, Big Brother- Big Sister, JCAP (jail chemical addiction program).
Judge Sally Blankenship talked about the Leadership in Law Summer Internship that was held during the summer for area high school students.
Different criminal cases were highlighted and area Law Enforcement Agencies and their officers were recognized.
Local firefighters and EMT’s were recognized and thanked for their consistent and selfless support that they have given to the community.