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Employee of the Quarter


Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Thursday, November 21 recognized Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Samuel Stewart Smith as the agency’s Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2013 during an employee awards ceremony. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected Smith for the honor.

In addition to recognizing Smith as the Employee of the Quarter, Metts also presented the Sheriff’s Department Life Saving Award to Smith, 29, of Columbia. On September 19, Smith rendered aid to a woman who had suffered a seizure and was locked in her motor vehicle, which was parked outside a convenience store on U.S. 21 near Swansea.

On October 31, 2011, Metts appointed Smith to serve as a deputy. Smith works on a road patrol shift in the South Region Patrol District, which is based in Pelion.

On September 19, 2013, Smith found that Jessica Baumgart had suffered a head injury and was finding it difficult to breathe while she was sitting in a slumped position in her motor vehicle outside the convenience store at 1160 Highway 21, Metts said. Smith broke out a window in the rear of the vehicle, unlocked the driver’s door on the vehicle and placed Baumgart in an upright position so that she could begin breathing normally. Smith provided support for Baumgart’s head in order to ensure that she could continue to breathe normally while they awaited the arrival of Lexington County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Emergency Medical Services personnel transported Baumgart to a hospital, where Baumgart received medical treatment for her injuries and medical condition, Metts said.

“Samuel reacted quickly and professionally in rendering aid to a person who was experiencing a medical emergency,” Metts said. “Baumgart would have faced a life-threatening situation if Samuel had not intervened and made it possible for Baumgart to breathe normally.”

During the employee awards ceremony, Metts also recognized Siller Anderson, 56, of Lexington, as the agency’s Civilian Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2013. Anderson began working for the Sheriff’s Department on August 12, 1985.

Anderson volunteered to increase her scheduled work hours from 25 hours per week to 40 hours per week from March through June in order handle the workload of three employees who left positions in the Sheriff’s Department Records Division, Metts said. Anderson conducted criminal background checks, handled requests for incident reports and other records, validated entries on the National Crime Information Center computer database and performed other tasks.

“Siller’s dedication and perseverance enabled normal operations to continue in the Records Division despite the loss of three employees,” Metts said.

Metts also recognized Master Deputy Reginald “Reggie” Smiley, 50, of Lexington, as the recipient of the Sheriff’s Gold Star Award for the third quarter of 2013. Metts created the Gold Star Award, which the sheriff presents quarterly, in order to recognize Sheriff’s Department employees who provide exceptional customer service to citizens. On November 10, 1997, Metts appointed Smiley to serve as a deputy.

While Smiley was providing security on August 9 at the Lexington County Administration Building on South Lake Drive in Lexington, Smiley saw that Roseann Cochcroft had fallen and suffered an injury while she was outside the building, Metts said. Smiley rendered aid to Cochcroft while they awaited Lexington County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

“Cochcroft reported that Reggie was kind and professional and made her feel very comfortable throughout her ordeal,” Metts said. “Reggie remained with Cochcroft until she received the medical care that she required for her injuries.”



 


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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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