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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts honored Senior Administrative Assistant Jennifer “Jennie” Wilfong as the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Civilian Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2012 during an employee awards ceremony that Metts conducted on November 15.

Wilfong, 37, of Lexington, works in the Human Resources Division, Metts said. The sheriff hired Wilfong on May 18, 2008.

Applicants for jobs at the Sheriff’s Department regularly interact with Wilfong, who processes all the paperwork that job applicants submit to the agency, Metts said.

“Jennie strives to maintain a positive attitude and professional demeanor in carrying out her duties,” Metts said. “The excitement and joy that most applicants express at the moment that they learn that I hired them makes it easier for Jennie to handle the demands of her job.”

During the employee awards ceremony, Metts also presented the Sheriff’s Department Gold Star Award to Master Deputy Troy Livingston, 46, of Cope. On August 8, 2005, Metts appointed Livingston to serve as a deputy. Livingston is assigned to the Lake Murray Marine Patrol.

Metts created the Gold Star Award in order to recognize Sheriff’s Department employees who provide exceptional customer service to citizens. The sheriff presents the award quarterly.

On July 28, Livingston came to the rescue of a man, his wife and their two small grandchildren when the engine on the man’s boat would not start, Metts said.

The man had piloted his boat to Bomb Island on Lake Murray so that his wife and grandchildren could see purple martins that congregate on the island in the evening during the summer, Metts said. Thunderstorms were developing when the man, his wife and their two grandchildren were stranded on the lake.

Within minutes, Livingston arrived in his patrol boat at the location where the man’s boat was stranded, Metts said. Livingston answered the prayers of the man’s 4-year-old grandson.

“Troy was very professional and went out of his way to ensure that the man, his wife and their grandchildren arrived home safely,” Metts said. “I want to thank Troy for the exceptional customer service that Troy provided in this situation.”

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