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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Thursday, August 9 recognized Deputy David Nieves as the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2012. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected Nieves for the honor.

Metts recognized Nieves during a quarterly Sheriff’s Department employee awards ceremony that the sheriff conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Nieves, 49, of Irmo, was recognized for his efforts in coordinating the construction of the Drafts-Skenes Community Garden and Park. The community garden and park were built on a one-acre property on Meetze Road near Lexington that formerly contained an abandoned home that was used as a location for buying crack cocaine. Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the homeowner agreed to allow the abandoned home on Meetze Road to be demolished and agreed to allow volunteers to build the community garden and park on the one-acre property. The construction of the community garden and park is part of a community restoration effort that the Sheriff’s Department, local churches, civic groups and businesses initiated in 2009 on Meetze Road and English Drive, which previously had been hot spots for drug dealing and other criminal activity. “We are here to culminate many years of hard work and collaboration to take this community away from the drug dealers,” Metts said. “All kinds of criminal activity plagued this community not too many

years ago, but the good, law-abiding people in this community joined law enforcement and others to clean this community up. It truly has been a transformation.” During the employee awards ceremony, Metts also presented the Sheriff’s Gold Star Award to the North Region Patrol District A-Shift in recognition of exceptional customer service they provided to a World War II veteran whose American flag was stolen from his home on July 4th. The sheriff created the Gold Star Award in order to recognize Sheriff’s Department employees who provide exceptional customer service to citizens in Lexington County. On Wednesday, July 4, Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a call for a larceny on the 100 block of Williamston Way. Upon arrival, deputies found that an 82-year-old war veteran had an American flag and flagpole stolen from his property that he had put outside to honor the Fourth of July. After finishing the report, the deputies went to nearby store and purchased an American flag and flagpole for the victim to replace the one that had been stolen. When they returned to his home they discovered he had left, so they installed the flag and flagpole where the one stolen had been. Later that day the deputies caught up with the victim and his daughter eating at a restaurant. They told the victim what they had done and explained they would not feel right allowing a veteran to spend the Fourth of July without an American flag flying in front of his home. The man and his daughter were moved to tears.

“This is the kind of exceptional customer service we strive for at the Sheriff’s Department. I was very moved when I heard the deputies had taken the initiative to honor this hero who had admirably served to protect America’s freedoms,” said Metts. The North Region Patrol District A-Shift consists of Sergeant Brad White, Master Deputy Chad Redding, Field Training Officer Eddie Richardson, Deputy Chris Mixon, Deputy Marc Isphording, Deputy Roger Gilland, and Deputy Scott Purdy.

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