The above photo depicts Lacey Police Officer Michael Verwey being presented with the 7th Annual Jason Marles D.W.I. Award by Lacey Police Lieutenant Vincent Meehan during the ceremony held at the First Energy Park on the evening of August 19, 2017.
On Saturday, August 19, 2017, Lacey Township Police Officer Michael Verwey was awarded the 7th Annual Jason Marles D.W.I. Award presented by the Ocean County Traffic Safety Officer’s Association. The ceremony took place at First Energy Park in Lakewood, NJ.
The Jason Marles award recognizes law enforcement officers who go above and beyond in their commitment to getting intoxicated drivers off of our roadways. Officer Jason Marles had completed working a D.W.I. Enforcement shift Thanksgiving morning in 2010, and on his way home he was struck by an intoxicated driver and killed while on the Garden State Parkway. Each year the Ocean County Traffic Safety Officer’s Association honors the memory of Jason Marles by awarding one police officer from Ocean County with this award. Additional officers who were nominated for this award received a certificate recognizing their efforts to make our roadways safer for everyone.
The nominated police officers included,
- Patrolman Michael Verwey, Lacey Township Police Department
- Patrolman Michael DeRosa, Toms River Township Police Department
- Patrolman Michael Guarino, Manchester Township Police Department
- Patrolman Robert Schroeck, Lakehurst Police Department
-Chief Michael C. DiBella