Posted at: 03/07/2013 5:34 PM
Updated at: 03/07/2013 6:03 PM
By: Jenna Lohse
(ABC 6 News) -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving is honoring a Rochester police officer.
Rochester Patrol Officer Carrie Koehler loves her job. "If you want to really go out and make a difference and hit it hard then you're kind of your own boss," said Koehler.
Making a difference is Koehler's number one goal, and MADD-Minnesota has recognized her efforts in reducing the abuse of alcohol and drugs in the area.
"You don't do it get notoriety, you do it because you believe in it," said Koehler.
"Carrie's a very active patrol officer. She does a very good job, she's not afraid to get involved whatever comes along," said Lt. Scott Davis of the Rochester Police Department.
Koehler serves as co-chair of the Alcohol Misuse Prevention Coalition and created the SAFE BAR's program in Rochester.
"She is out there taking on responsibilities that she doesn't have to but she sees that there's an issue there that there is a value to do it and it's worthwhile to do it," said Davis.
"If you don't step up someone else might not," said Koehler.
A strong willed police officer, whose learned from her own personal struggles.
"As a cancer survivor I guess I just try to fill every day and do as much as possible on that given day," said Koehler.
She finds importance in being proactive, especially when it comes to kids. Koehler serves as a mentor with hopes of steering them away from underage drinking.
"If you are just reactive then you're not going to better society as a whole," said Koehler.
And getting this award doesn't give her time to relax.
"It's not why I do it so it kind of almost fuels me to what to do more," said Koehler.
This isn't the first time Officer Carrie Koehler has been recognized for her extra efforts. Ten years ago the state awarded her Officer Of The Year.