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Community Star Award


The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission presented the agency’s Community Star award to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department in recognition of the community partnership that deputies created with recreation agency employees and citizens as a result of establishing a Sheriff’s Department substation at Seven Oaks Park at 200 Leisure Lane near Irmo.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the award in part recognizes the efforts of Irmo Resident Deputy Dan Rusinyak and Sgt. Tony Ayers, who serves as a crime prevention officer. Rusinyak and Ayers work out of offices at the park, which the recreation agency operates.

“The officers serving the substation are people-oriented, problem-solvers who are an important part of our neighborhood and agency,” Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission Chairman John Sowards said in presenting the Community Star award to the Sheriff’s Department on August 28. “Besides the obvious crime deterrent, their presence in the park has had a far-reaching positive impact in the community.”

The Sheriff’s Department established the substation at the park in 2011, Metts said. Rusinyak and Ayers interact with citizens who visit the park or need help from law enforcement. The park also serves as a location for neighborhood watch group meetings for citizens in the Irmo community. In addition, parents can bring child safety seats to the substation and ask deputies to inspect the seats and ensure that the seats are properly installed in motor vehicles.

In the past two years, Ayers organized annual security expositions at the park in order to provide citizens with an opportunity to meet with businesses and learn how citizens can reduce opportunities for criminals to commit crimes at their homes and businesses, Metts said.

In one week, the Sheriff’s Department and Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission will conduct the fourth annual Family Fun Day for residents in the Irmo community between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 at Seven Oaks Park, Metts said.

Metts encourages parents and legal guardians to bring children to the event, which will include a demonstration by the Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit as well as static displays by the agency’s Aviation Unit, Bomb Squad, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Gang Unit, Lake Murray Marine Patrol and Bicycle Unit. Members of the Sheriff’s Department Explorers Post will prepare fingerprint identification cards for children who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The Sheriff’s Department will provide ice cream free of charge to participants at the Family Fun Day, Metts said. The Chick-fil-A cow mascot also will be in attendance at the event.

Rusinyak will coordinate the participation of the Sheriff’s Department in the Family Fun Day, Metts said. Citizens who have questions concerning the event can contact Rusinyak on his office voice mail at (803) 785-0882 or via email at drusinyak@lcsd.sc.gov.



 


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09/22/2014 - Investigators Seek Citizens' Help in Investigating 2009 Murder  
09/17/2014 - Road Closures  
09/17/2014 - Detectives Arrest Man for Trying to Steal Two Motor Vehicles  
09/16/2014 - Sheriff's Department Donates More than $3,000 to Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter  
09/11/2014 - Man Returned to Lexington County on Murder Charges  
09/09/2014 - Missing Person Investigation  
09/07/2014 - Woman Charged with Intentionally Setting Fire to Residence  
08/28/2014 - Fugitive Investigators Arrest Man Who Owed More Than $170,000 in Child Support Payments  
08/25/2014 - Sheriffs Department Donates Over 700 to United Way  
08/22/2014 - CrimeStoppers Tip Enables Detectives to File Charge  
08/19/2014 - Explorers Post 106 First Nighters Meeting  
08/19/2014 - Detectives Arrest Two Men for Stealing One Motor Vehicle and Stealing Items from Four Motor Vehicles  
08/14/2014 - Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Two Children  
08/08/2014 - Officer Involved Shooting Investigation  
08/07/2014 - Aviation Unit Recovers Stolen Vehicle During National Night Out  
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