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Friday, July 27, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott congratulates a City of Columbia employee on his fifty (50) years of service which includes his dedication to the Columbia Police Department.

Howard Lederfind was hired by the City of Columbia on July 27, 1962. At that time he was hired by the City of Columbia Fire Department. He served thirty-four (34) years as the Chief of Operations.

Since then, Lederfind has worked at various public safety roles.

Currently, Lederfind assists with developing the City’s emergency preparedness plan during natural disasters, acts of terrorism or incidents resulting in mass casualties.

Additionally, he coordinates the Columbia Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) to integrate the emergency operation plans of city, county and state organizations in order to enhance response capabilities.

Lederfind is also responsible for acquiring federal grant funds that aid first responders across Midlands.

“I’ve had a good tour in fifty years,” says Lederfind. “I can’t remember any bad days. I’ve kept going because I love the work and the people. I’ve looked at each change over as a new career, a new experience. It’s been fulfilling and I appreciate everyone’s kind words today.”

Chief Scott says, “The City of Columbia owes Howard a debt of gratitude. He has worn so many hats in his fifty years of service. He is the person to rely on, the person to call when you’re in a bind, the person you look up to as a positive role model. We wish his entire family the best of the luck from this day forward.”

Lederfind says he hopes to give the City of Columbia at least another year of service.

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