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Walk Like MADD
Thursday, April 09, 2009 4:50 PM  


Deborah Duncan, TV celebrity with K9 Shadow (L) and Roxy (R)Two four-legged creatures stole the spotlight at last Saturday's annual Walk Like MADD event.

They were METRO's K-9 police officers, Roxy and Shadow. They, along with their handlers, Officer Chris Obenland and Officer Nancy DeMartin, joined the Mothers Against Drunk Driving fundraiser, a 5K walk that not only promotes awareness of the group's goals but is the only major fundraiser for the Southeast Texas MADD office.

"We provided the dog demonstration - on how they apprehend suspects," said Obenland. "The idea is to make it fun for kids to come out here to see other angles of law enforcement. Our main purpose was just to show law enforcement support."

Television host Deborah Duncan of KHOU-TV's Great Day, Houston, appeared at the event and had her photo taken with our furry celebs - Roxy and Shadow.

"The dogs are the sexy ones," texted Duncan when asked her reaction to Saturday's event.

Duncan has been very involved with MADD since her brother was killed by a drunk driver. She is a member of the local advisory council, as well as a MADD national board member. 

The walk was held at McGregor Park on Calhoun, where about 450 to 500 people attended, said Andrea Schmauss, a volunteer with MADD and member of the local advisory council. Off. Chris Obenland & K9 Shadow

"It gives families and friends an opportunity to honor their loved ones who have been killed or injured by a drunk driver. We provide a tribute area where families can display photos of those tragically taken through this senseless crime," said Schmauss.

In addition to MPD's involvement, the Houston Police Department also participated with DWI vans, which are mobile blood-drawing units. This van can drive to the scene of an accident, and someone can draw blood from the alleged drunk driver and "haul him off to jail," explained Obenland.

Walk for MADD organizers said it's important to have law enforcement agencies participate in an event like this.

Officer Nancy DeMartin & K9 Roxy"For some, it is an opportunity for (families) to interact with law enforcement in a comfortable, fun setting. And for others, it is an opportunity to say ‘thank you' for risking their lives for us each day," said Schmauss, adding that she hopes more law enforcement agencies will join in future walks.

"We cannot win the fight to eliminate drunk driving without law enforcement. They are the primary defense until technology can, one day, come up with a way to make the vehicle smarter than the drunk behind the wheel," said Schmauss.

And as far as METRO's representation there? Well, Schmauss said Roxy and Shadow not only stole the show.....they stole the hearts of many.






Robert said:


I asked the following a few posts ago, but never heard back from you. I guess I'm a little baffled as to why you will not answer this question. Metro is a publicly funded agency and owes its patrons (the folks that pay your salary via taxes and fares) an explanation. Metro is obligated to share this information. Will it be online June 1 or not?

"Wikipedia page on Quickline ( indicates that 402 will start service June 1, 2009. This update was entered anonymously by someone at a Texas Medical Center computer on April 2 -- last Thursday.

It's not clear whether this guy is in a position to know, as it doesn't indicate where this information came from.

Mary -- can you confirm that June 1 is the plan for the 402?

Everyone else -- will the construction that some suggested was delaying Metro from kicking-off service still be going on in June?"

What is the story on this? Will the 402 start service June 1 or not?


# April 9, 2009 9:15 PM

C said:

OH! Theres METRO PD.

# April 11, 2009 2:03 AM

DominicMazoch said:

Sometimes I have a beer with a meal when I am in Downtown.  I feel safe because of my driver:  METRO!

# April 11, 2009 1:15 PM

Mary Sit said:


I will try to find the answer for you. Thanks.

# April 13, 2009 1:11 PM

Mary Sit said:


Yes, the 402 Quickline Signature bus service is scheduled to launch on June 1.

# April 13, 2009 1:21 PM

DominicMazoch said:


Will there be silver buses for the sevice, or just white 35 and 3600's?

# April 13, 2009 6:11 PM

J. Liggins said:

If you can't answer a non-confrontational question without having your feet held to the fire, perhaps it's time for you to get an assistant, Mary.  Personally, I think someone from every department (no scrubs or temps please) should have to contribute a post or topic to this blog weekly.

# April 13, 2009 6:51 PM
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