Law Enforcement Support

Officer Noah Leotta

July 2023 Mission Moment
Officer Noah Aaron Leotta
Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

On December 10, 2015, Police Officer Noah Leotta succumbed to injuries sustained on December 3rd, 2015, when he was struck by a drunk driver near the intersection of Rockville Pike and Edmonston Drive.

He was conducting a traffic stop on Rockville Pike at approximately 9:45 pm while working a special assignment on the agency's Holiday Alcohol Task Force. He had contacted the driver and was getting back into his patrol car when a second vehicle struck his patrol car and then struck him.

Officer Leotta was transported to Suburban Hospital where he remained on life support until passing away on December 10th, 2015.

The driver of the vehicle that struck him was convicted of charges connected to Officer Leotta's death and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Officer Leotta had served with the Montgomery County Police Department for almost three years. He is survived by his parents and sister.
Larry Coggins

Larry Coggins State Executive Director MADD Florida State Office Familiar Territory in a New Land

Over two years ago, MADD Florida was introduced to Melissa Ramirez, an attorney in San Juan, Puerto Rico who was managing Puerto Rico’s SFST Program.  Instructors from the University of North Florida’s world renowned Institute of Police Technology & Management (IPTM), some of which were active and retired officers from Florida, were there teaching DUI investigation skills and roadside exercises and came back to the states with the information that if there was any new ground for MADD to cover, this Caribbean paradise some 1,800 miles east of Florida was the place to be!  Not because of the beautiful beaches and the sapphire waters, but because of the fact that 3.2 million citizens who an overwhelming majority have connections to the United States, but the face that Puerto Rico’s seventy-eight provinces, seventy-four with their own police department, do not focus on traffic enforcement or see the connection between traffic safety and public safety.  An all too familiar story here in the states, but with the link between Puerto Rico and the states, obviously the link to Florida, we recognized quickly that our prevention work was needed in the community and our ability to change the law enforcement culture was too. In my twenty-five years in Florida law enforcement, I lost count on how many times a crash investigation involved someone from Puerto Rico who was visiting the Sunshine State, or someone living in Florida and their next of kin resided in Puerto Rico.  In crashes where impairment was involved, MADD Florida was already providing victim services to the families in the states, and in some instances advice and help over the phone back to the island, so we knew we were needed in a place where the drinking age is eighteen and where alcohol industry giants like Don Q., Bacardi, and Medalla are household names and a place with a city named Catano which translated in English is “Cathedral of Rum”.  If not us, then who?  If not now, then when? Years of Work Completed in Months Fast forward approximately six months, and MADD Florida leadership was successful in securing a federal grant through Puerto Rico’s Traffic Safety Commission for four fulltime MADD staff members, a few meetings with senior government officials celebrating the MADD brand coming to the island, an impromptu visit to the Governor of Puerto Rico at the Governor’s Mansion, hiring Melissa as the local Executive Director responsible for MADD operations in Puerto Rico, and an exhaustive search of talent resulted in hiring Tatiana Coriano, Nileny Ortiz-Munoz, Limaris Ortiz-Quiles, and Jatnaely Vega-Arocho as full-time MADD Program Specialist responsible for MADD’s education and community outreach programs.  A nod from the Puerto Rico Department of Education, making our materials part of the elementary school prevention and health curriculum, certainly opened doors as well! Culture Shock While the hard data on impairment related crashes is difficult to decipher due to Puerto Rico’s stance on alcohol and the lack of many laws and techniques, we had to rely on anecdotal evidence, some from the public, some from the Traffic Safety Commission, and some from the law enforcement officers themselves who want to work in traffic, and come up with a plan on how to change the culture of traffic law enforcement and break into the more than seventy-eight agencies, all of this in addition to our already impactful community outreach and education program that has gained incredible traction. Our plan included dedicating a portion of Program Specialist Jatnaely Vega-Arocho’s time to strictly getting in front of the officers themselves.  Her presentation included MADD’s work in the states with law enforcement, why DUI enforcement is needed and how it relates to overall public safety, and techniques used stateside for a successful program.  This role to liaison with the law enforcement community, was blessed and funded by the Traffic Safety Commission has allowed Jatnaely to represent the MADD brand as well as the Commission’s overall support to this very important cause.  The plan also includes Melissa’s role in building partnerships with the agency heads and facilitating the relationship between our brand and their established departments, being sensitive to their culture, but also laying the ground work that we can work together to promote fair and equitable traffic enforcement, work to prevent impaired driving together, and save lives. Today and Beyond As of this writing, the ink is drying on the very first Partnership Agreement between the Police Commission of Puerto Rico and MADD proclaiming our mutual support for one another and the Inaugural MADD Puerto Rico Town Hall is taking place where a panel of local leaders, to include Lieutenant Elvis Zeno-Santiago of Puerto Rico’s State Police Highway Patrol, discuss the issues of impaired driving, prevention, and legislative issues, and the first MADD law enforcement only newsletter to the agencies in Puerto Rico has hit the streets. In less than two years, we have built a team of five highly talented and dedicated resident of Puerto Rico who have established our presence on the island.  MADD Puerto Rico’s social media has gained momentum to allow our messaging to cross generations, and our team has put up incredible numbers where the outreach in the community and the presence in schools, businesses, and government agencies rival their peers in the states! In the coming months we anticipate staff growth in Puerto Rico to include a Victim Service Specialist, renewal of the Traffic Safety Commission grant, MADD signature events, and While the road ahead is long, in Puerto Rico and across the USA, our mission stands and we will continue to work until we are a nation, and island of #NoMasVictimas
Chief Luther Reynolds (1966-2023)

July 2023 Officer of the Month
Chief Luther Reynolds, (1966-2023)
Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

MADD posthumously recognizes Chief Luther Reynolds of the Charleston, South Carolina Police Department as our Officer of the Month for July 2023.  Chief Reynolds, a dedicated law enforcement leader and MADD supporter, passed away, after his courageous battle with cancer, on May 22, 2023. Hundreds attend memorial for Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds | News |

The following paragraphs were taken from the nomination of Chief Reynolds for this MADD recognition.  His application for nomination was submitted, just days before his death, by Steven Burritt, MADD’s Regional Executive Director for North and South Carolina.

Chief Reynolds announced May 18th, 2023 that he will end his cancer treatment and enter hospice care. So many know him much better than I do, but I have to share a bit about what MADD South Carolina thinks about this great leader.

First, it is important to know that Chief Reynolds came to Charleston in 2018 from Maryland and was an assistant chief with the Montgomery County Police Department in 2015. That year, Officer Noah Leotta was killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver, and it affected Chief Reynolds deeply, especially creating a passion to reduce impaired driving. He told me often of that painful experience of being at the hospital that night with Noah's family.

I saw his passion for impaired driving enforcement and his commitment to MADD's work often. He had me come to speak to his entire command staff (no other Chief has ever done that). He would email me randomly at all times of year asking for an update on our push to strengthen the laws (no other Chief has ever done that). He told me multiple times that he was bringing the issue before the Chief's Association for their support and engagement (no other Chief has ever done that).

We had him read the names of our victims at one of our Walk Like MADD Lowcountry events. He showed up to local Law Enforcement Network meetings when we were honoring one of his DUI officers. When I emailed him last week about the all-offender ignition interlock bill (what South Carolina calls Emma’s Law while Maryland called their version Noah’s Law) finally passing, he not only emailed back his support and gratitude, but copied many members of Charleston leadership because he wanted others to know about this big deal (no other Chief did that).

Just last month, his local paper, The Post & Courier, ran an editorial about how the state needs to pass the all-offender ignition interlock despite the fact that Charleston Police Department’s efforts seem to be working. Here is part of that column: “Two years ago, the city of Charleston saw 22 fatal traffic collisions, 16 of which were alcohol-related, but just a year later, the number of deadly accidents involving alcohol fell to two, driving down the overall number of fatal crashes to 12. While Police Chief Luther Reynolds realizes such statistics can make a department look good one year and not so good the next, he rightly takes pride in this dramatic drop. Other police chiefs and sheriffs should take note and seek similar success. Mr. Reynolds attributes the drop to a lot of hard work and data-driven changes his traffic division made in recent years. He has wanted the police department to increase its focus on driving under the influence since a particularly tragic 2018 event in which a man under the influence of drugs struck and killed an 11-year-old Danish girl walking in Cannon Park. Perhaps the biggest change was shifting the bulk of the city’s traffic patrols to a night shift, when driving under the influence peaks. The department also reviewed the data to see which streets and parts of the city were seeing the most serious collisions. Charleston police made 362 DUI arrests in 2021 and 477 last year. So far this year, none of the city’s six fatal accidents was known to involve impairment, though not all bloodwork results are in, says Lt. Sean Engels of the department’s traffic unit. Under Chief Reynolds leadership, Charleston recently swept the South Carolina Department of Public Safety DUI enforcement awards for agency of the year, officer of the year (Officer Zachariah Azari, 110 DUI arrests) and rookie of the year (Officer Shonnah McCauley, 30 DUI arrests). Police departments in Goose Creek, Pickens, Belton and at Clemson University were recognized in their smaller-size categories.”

We at MADD South Carolina will continue to work hard to be worthy of that kind of support and passion. I am certain that Noah would be very proud.

  MADD Mission Support Center is proud to posthumously recognize Chief Luther Reynolds as the MADD July 2023 Officer of the Month.  His legacy will live on for many years to come.  Please keep his wife Caroline and the Reynolds family in your thoughts and prayers.

Luther Reynolds Obituary (1966 - 2023) - Charleston, SC - Charleston Post & Courier (

  Editor’s note:  Officer Noah Leotta is the July 2023 Mission Moment

MADD extends our deepest condolences to the agencies and families who have lost officers and loved ones in the line of duty

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