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Home  |  News  |  Christmas Banquet Brings Together Richland County Sheriff’s Department Family

Christmas Banquet Brings Together Richland County Sheriff’s Department Family
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - The holiday season brings with it more than crowded stores and cooler temperatures. Look beyond the lights and presents and you will find something more precious than something wrapped up with a bow-- family and fellowship.

For Sheriff Leon Lott and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Annual Christmas Banquet is an opportunity for hundreds of the Department’s employees and their families to come together. Sheriff Leon Lott hosted the event that included moments of applause, celebration and reflection on those that are no longer with us.

“Let us not only celebrate with those who are with us this evening and the successes we have seen this year -- take time to reflect on those we have lost in the past year,” said Sheriff Lott.

The evening began with the Presentation of Colors by Airport High School Army Jr. ROTC. Several recognitions followed and then Sheriff Leon Lott began the awards presentation of the event.

Family and friends celebrated as each of the following names were called for “Deputy of the Year” for each Region and Division:

Deputy Matthew Taylor, Region 1

Master Deputy Kenneth Proffitt, Region 2

Deputy Michael Wenzel, Region 3

Senior Deputy David Colwell, Region 4

Investigator Justin Britt, Region 5

Master Deputy Steven Taylor, Region 6

Deputy Paul Melton, Region 7

Professional Standards, Senior Deputy Terry Cryer

Community Services, Deputy Travis Roberts

Special Services, Lt. Mark McColman

Special Operations, Sr. K-9 Specialist Warren Cavanagh

Investigations, Investigator Scott Blair

Reserve Deputy, Reserve Deputy George Medlock

Civilian, Elaine Keller

When Sheriff Leon Lott announced the winner of the “Deputy of the Year” Award he said, "God works in mysterious ways". The award went to K-9 Specialist Warren Cavanagh. It was an emotional moment when Cavanagh walked up to receive his award, the room broke out into a thunderous applause and all rose to their feet to honor a Deputy who has indeed worked hard and unselfishly for the citizens of Richland County. The Sheriff's Foundation board members met two weeks ago to choose the recipient of this award.

“I am proud of everyone in this room tonight. You have all worked so hard and I appreciate what you do each and every day for the people of Richland County,” said Sheriff Leon Lott.

Awards were also given to the following in recognition for being named “Deputy of the 4th Quarter” for their respective Region or Division:

Deputy Chris Truluck, Region 1

Master Deputy Joseph Chapman, Region 2

Deputy Michael Wenzel, Region 3

Deputy William Cobia, Region 4

Lt. Darrell Price, Region 5

Master Deputy Steven Taylor, Region 6

Deputy Sean Groubert, Region 7

Professional Standards, Deputy III Selena Williams

Community Services, Deputy Curtis Wilson

Special Services, Lt. Mark McColman

Special Operations, Senior Deputy Charles Sullivan

Investigations, Sr. Narcotics Agent Kevin Loftis

Reserve Deputy, Reserve Deputy Patricia Meyer

Civilian, Ramona York

For a complete look at photos of the event and of the Department members listed above, please visit http://www.facebook.com/OfficialRCSDPage.fb.

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