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Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Sheriff's Medal

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Thursday, March 6 presented the Sheriff’s Medal, which is the highest law enforcement honor the sheriff can bestow, to Lexington County Detention Center Lt. Jeremy Vetter. The sheriff recognized Vetter, 31, of Lexington, and Vetter’s wife, Whitney, for their ongoing efforts to support the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter.

Jeremy and Whitney Vetter became involved two years ago in supporting the mission of the Children’s Shelter, starting as foster parents for two children whom the Vetters met at the Children’s Shelter, Metts said. For the past two years, the Vetters organized efforts to provide Christmas presents for all children who are housed at the Children’s Shelter.

“Jeremy encouraged correctional officers to take a personal interest in the Christmas gift project,” Metts said. “Jeremy demonstrated exceptional performance in a leadership role.”

The Vetters also helped raise money that enabled the Children’s Shelter to enhance the children’s playground at the facility, Metts said. On August 16, 2004, Metts appointed Vetter to serve as a correctional officer at the Detention Center.

As a result of the Vetters’ efforts to raise awareness about the Children’s Shelter, correctional officers and other Sheriff’s Department employees as well as citizens and businesses also donated supplies, such as paper towels and cleaning supplies, that the Children’s Shelter needs to operate daily, Metts said.

During a Sheriff’s Department quarterly employee awards ceremony that was held on Thursday, Metts also presented a plaque to Rebecca “Becky” Dickson, of Chapin, in recognition of her efforts and the efforts of Dickson’s husband, Walt, to support the mission of the Sheriff’s Department.

Becky Dickson is a member of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation governing board, Metts said. Becky Dickson also coordinated support for the Timberlake Youth Triathlon, which has raised more than $26,000 to support charitable organizations in the Chapin community.

“Becky is genuine and dedicated to helping children and other people in her community,” Metts said. “We have a lot of advocates for our agency, but Becky has been extraordinary.”

Becky Dickson thanked Metts for the plaque that he bestowed upon her.

“Everyone that I have ever been associated with at your agency has been professional,” Becky Dickson said. “You should be proud of who you are and what you do.”

During the awards ceremony, State Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Lexington, presented a concurrent resolution from the South Carolina General Assembly to Sgt. David Amick, 53, of Chapin, who supervises deputies in the Chapin Patrol District. Huggins said the General Assembly wished to recognize Amick for his efforts to support Cell Phones for Soldiers and Honor Flight South Carolina. On January 25, 1999, Metts appointed Amick to serve as a deputy.

“David has looked out for the Chapin community for a long time,” Huggins said. “David believes strongly in giving back to the community. David is an excellent role model for the deputies whom he supervises.”

In 2013, Bill Dukes, who founded Honor Flight South Carolina, presented Amick with a Certificate of Appreciation from South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn F. McConnell in recognition of Amick’s efforts to support Honor Flight South Carolina.

In 2013, the directors of Cell Phones for Soldiers presented a certificate of appreciation to Amick in recognition of his coordination of an annual effort by the Sheriff’s Department to collect cellular telephones for donation to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Metts said.

Since 2010, the Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Corrections and Lake Murray ABATE has donated more than 25,000 cellular telephones and accessories to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Metts said. As a result of the donation, Cell Phones for Soldiers provided more than 828,000 minutes of free telephone talk time to members of the United States armed forces who are deployed overseas.


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04/21/2015 - Shooting Incident  
04/20/2015 - Man Arrested for Trying to Rob Convenience Store  
04/17/2015 - Corrections Officer of the Quarter  
04/15/2015 - Removing Opportunities for Vehicle Break-Ins  
04/15/2015 - Three Persons Charged With Accessory After The Fact to Murder  
04/13/2015 - Man Dies As A Result of Gunshot Wound  
04/13/2015 - Detectives Seek Help in Identifying Burglary Suspect  
04/13/2015 - White Knoll Business Coalition  
04/10/2015 - Deputies Recognized for DUI Enforcement  
04/10/2015 - Reserve Deputies Saved Taxpayers Nearly $60,000 in First Quarter of 2015  
04/09/2015 - Five Persons Arrested in Fatal Shooting  
04/09/2015 - Deputy Promoted  
04/06/2015 - Detectives Arrest Man on Charge of Criminal Domestic Violence  
04/01/2015 - Sheriff Swears in Seven Citizens as Reserve Deputies  
03/31/2015 - Detectives Investigating Threat to Do Harm at High School  
03/31/2015 - Homicide Investigation  
03/30/2015 - Shooting Investigation  
03/27/2015 - Deputy Receives Top Academic Honor  
03/25/2015 - Burglary Investigation  
03/23/2015 - Battle of the Badges  
03/22/2015 - Investigators Arrest Two Men in Fatal Shooting  


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