On a rainy December evening, a group of about 60 people gathered in downtown Faribault to remember Greg Fette and honor his family.

Monday marked the 30th anniversary of 16-year-old Greg’s death when he was hit and killed by a drunk driver.

Since then, his parents, Dick and Joyce Fette have been on a mission to try to eliminate drunk driving.

At the reception, Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Minnesota Executive Director Jennifer Freeburg presented the Fettes with a plaque to memorialize Greg and honor Joyce and Dick for their service to MADD.

“We want to thank them for everything they’ve done for the organization over the years,” said Freeburg.

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn then gave the Fettes a Challenge Coin, which is reserved for those whose efforts go above and beyond.

There were 213 DWI arrests in Rice County in 2013, down from 264 in 2012. As of 2014, Rice County is no longer one of the top 25 Minnesota counties for impaired driving arrests, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

That accomplishment was possible in part because of the Fettes’ efforts over the last three decades.

The Rice County Sheriff’s Office kicked off extra enforcement during the weekends on Thanksgiving week which will continue through New Year’s.

Reach reporter Camey Thibodeau at 333-3128. Follow her on Twitter.com @CameyThibodeau.

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