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Thursday, July 28, 2011

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Wednesday, July 27 recognized Code Enforcement Officer Thomas I. “Ty” Haigler, III, as the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2011. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected Haigler for the honor.

Metts also presented Haigler, 43, of Gaston, with the Sheriff’s Department Meritorious Conduct Award in recognition of Haigler’s actions on May 19, when Haigler tried to conduct a traffic stop on a motor vehicle that was reported stolen in Saluda County. The man who was driving the stolen motor vehicle was armed with a rifle and was traveling to Gilbert High School in order to pickup his girlfriend.

Haigler saw the stolen motor vehicle on Two Notch Road near the intersection with Hayes Crossing Road near Gilbert, Metts said. The man who was driving the stolen motor vehicle failed to stop after Haigler activated the blue lights on his patrol vehicle.

The man eventually stopped the stolen motor vehicle on Misty Court off U.S. 378 near Gilbert and shot himself with the rifle, Metts said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“As a direct result of Ty’s actions and quick response, an armed suspect was kept away from Gilbert High and prevented from having an opportunity to harm persons at the school,” Metts said. “This highly volatile situation could have had a much different outcome.”

Haigler works as a code enforcement officer in the West Region Patrol District, which is based near Gilbert, Metts said. The sheriff hired Haigler on May 2, 2005.

Metts on Wednesday also presented the Sheriff’s Medal, the highest law enforcement honor that the sheriff can bestow, to Linda M. Quig, who retired on June 29 as a senior administrative assistant in the Human Resources Division at the Sheriff’s Department. Metts hired Quig, 61, of Lexington, on July 17, 1989.

In 2008, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation honored Quig as the Sheriff’s Department Civilian Employee of the Year, Metts said.

“Linda’s professional, calm demeanor and competency always reflected positively on the Sheriff’s Department,” Metts said. “Linda worked hard to ensure that our agency hires deputies who are capable of fulfilling our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.”

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