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AAA Honors Wilton Police Force For Traffic Safety Achievements

Public Affairs Manager Fran Mayko (right) presents the awards to (from left) Officer Patenude; Sgt. David Hartman, who is a AAA driving improvement instructor; and Lt. Robert Kluk.
Public Affairs Manager Fran Mayko (right) presents the awards to (from left) Officer Patenude; Sgt. David Hartman, who is a AAA driving improvement instructor; and Lt. Robert Kluk. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton Police Officer Eric Patenude and the greater Wilton Police Department were honored by AAA Northeast recently during a luncheon at Testo’s restaurant in Bridgeport.

Patenude was recognized for his efforts to enforce traffic safety laws and his many DUI, drug and motor vehicle arrests for distracted driving and seat belt violations, according to a statement from AAA, a motor vehicle club and travel organization.

Additionally, the department received a Gold Award for its multiple safety initiatives, including the active driver improvement program, the child passenger safety program, the drunk driving program, the distracted driving program, the speed enforcement program, the impaired driving program and others, according to the statement, which also recognized the department’s junior health/freshman seminar.

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