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SHERIFF’S MEDAL
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Tuesday, March 5 presented the Sheriff’s Medal, which is the highest law enforcement honor that the sheriff can bestow, to one veteran Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputy who recently retired.

Metts presented the Sheriff’s Medal to Victim Assistance Officer Nancy Monroig-Vargas, 54, of Lexington, who retired on December 28, 2012 after working for the Sheriff’s Department for 12 years. On October 7, 2002, Metts appointed Monroig-Vargas to work as a telecommunications operator for the Sheriff’s Department.

Monroig-Vargas successfully completed the basic law enforcement officer certification class at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and began working as a sworn deputy in November 2004, Metts said. Monroig-Vargas began working as a victim assistance officer in 2006. During her career with the Sheriff’s Department, Monroig-Vargas received the Sheriff’s Department Special Achievement Award and Honorable Service Award.

Monroig-Vargas, who is fluent in Spanish as well as English, helped deputies to communicate with crime victims who speak only Spanish, providing translation services for Spanish-speaking crime victims, Metts said.

“Nancy always was willing to assist crime victims,” Metts said. “Nancy offered a high level of compassion to crime victims that truly came from her heart.”

Metts also presented the Sheriff’s Department Meritorious Achievement Award to Correctional Officer Carol Aeschbacher, 66, of Eastover, who retired on September 12, 2012 after working for the Sheriff’s Department for seven years. During her career with the Sheriff’s Department, Aeschbacher received the Honorable Service Award.

In addition, Metts presented the Sheriff’s Department Distinguished Reserve Service Award to Reserve Maj. Bernard Bourne, Reserve Capt. Lee Thomas, Reserve Sgt. Worth Rogers, Reserve Sgt. Tom Robinson, III, Reserve Sgt. John Lookabill, Jr., Reserve Deputy Eli Maoli and Reserve Deputy Scott Zylstra. In order to be eligible to receive the award, a reserve deputy must volunteer his or her time to work at least 700 hours in one year with the Sheriff’s Department or at least 3,000 hours during a five-year period.

Bourne, 53, of Lexington, volunteered 813 hours of his time in 2012 to work with the Sheriff’s Department and 3,754 hours of his time in the past five years, Metts said. Thomas, 49, of Columbia, volunteered 786 hours of his time in 2012 to work with the Sheriff’s Department and 5,019 hours of his time in the past five years. Rogers, 59, of West Columbia, volunteered 3,577 hours of his time in the past five years to work with the Sheriff’s Department.

Robinson, 68, of Leesville, volunteered 790 hours of his time in 2012 to work with the Sheriff’s Department and 4,317 hours of his time in the past five years, Metts said. Lookabill, 63, of Lexington, volunteered 1,572 hours of his time in 2012 to work with the Sheriff’s Department and 8,751 hours of his time in the past five years. Maoli, 62, of Elgin, volunteered 1,196 hours of his time in 2012 to work with the Sheriff’s Department and 7,204 hours of his time in the past five years. Zylstra, 49, of Columbia, volunteered 1,024 hours of his time in 2012 to work with the Sheriff’s Department.

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