RCMP Constable Michael Sabulsky was in Toronto this past weekend to be awarded the Terry Ryan Memorial Award.

It is awarded annually to recognize exemplary service in reducing the incidence of impaired driving.

The award was established by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in memory of Constable Terry Ryan, who was tragically killed in a two-car alcohol-related collision while on his way home from a function in Ontario 13 years ago.

Originally from Chetwynd, Cst. Sabulsky has been with the RCMP since 2008, and has been posted in Chilliwack as part of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment since July of 2011. He now plays an active role in the Traffic Services Unit.

Cst. Sabulsky is the first police officer in British Columbia to win the award, and says he was shocked to find out he won.

“It is nice to know I am making a difference. The support of my family makes it possible for me to continue my commitment of preventing impaired driving on our roadways,” he said. “I think drunk drivers are the single greatest risk on our roadways. Every impaired driver we take off the road saves a life.”

Cst. Sabulsky has also been a member of Alexa’s Team for the past five years – which is a group of police officers that remove large numbers of Impaired Drivers from BC roadways.

Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz said they are ‘proud’ the first officer from BC to win the award is based in Chilliwack

“Cst. Sabulsky is well known in the community for his passion for improving road safety and is a valuable member of the City of Chilliwack Safer City team,” she said.

Superintendant Deanne Burleigh Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment said his dedication to road safety and dedication to removing impaired drivers from the road is “commendable and a credit to himself, the RCMP and all British Columbians.”

Mike Weightman of ICBC also thanked him for his work combating impaired driving on behalf of the corporation.