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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - In one week, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8738 in Lexington will honor Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. David Amick as the organization’s Public Servant Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2011-2012 and the Public Servant Law Enforcement Officer of the year for 2011-2012 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of South Carolina.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Hugh Gunter, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8738 at 424 Cedarcrest Drive near Lexington, will present the Public Servant Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards to Amick during a Lexington County Council meeting that will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. County Council meets in chambers located on the second floor of the Lexington County Administration Building, 212 South Lake Drive, Lexington.

The citation for the two awards states that Amick merits special recognition for his “unyielding adherence to the highest ideals of law enforcement in maintaining, preserving and protecting the lawful rights of all citizens.”

Amick, 51, of Chapin, supervises resident deputies, road patrol deputies and school resource officers in the Chapin Patrol District, Metts said. The sheriff hired Amick on January 25, 1999. Amick is a U.S. Navy veteran.

In 2011, Amick coordinated the first annual Timberlake Triathlon, which resulted in a donation of $6,000 to the We Care Center in Chapin, Metts said.

Amick also coordinated the participation of the Sheriff’s Department in a drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers, which resulted in the donation of more than 3,000 cellular telephones that were sold to buy pre-paid telephone calling cards that are provided to U.S. military personnel who are serving our nation outside the United States, Metts said.

In addition, Amick coordinated a motorcycle ride that resulted in the donation of $6,700 to Honor Flight South Carolina, which provides airline and ground transportation for World War II military veterans to visit military memorials in Washington, D.C., Metts said. Amick also coordinated a chili cook-off and car and motorcycle show that generated $2,500 for a college scholarship fund that the American Legion administers for children of U.S. military veterans.

“David is involved in a wide variety of community service projects,” Metts said. “He serves as an excellent role model for the officers whom he supervises.”

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