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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, May 8 presented the Sheriff’s Medal, which is the highest law enforcement honor that the sheriff can bestow, to former Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Maj. Bernard “Bernie” Bourne, who volunteered his time for more than 33 years to work with full-time Sheriff’s Department deputies.

Metts presented the Sheriff’s Medal to Bourne, 54, of Lexington, during a quarterly Sheriff’s Department employee awards ceremony. On October 5, 1980, Metts appointed Bourne to serve as a reserve deputy. Bourne was one of the first reserve deputies to serve with the Sheriff’s Department. On March 5, Bourne resigned as a reserve deputy due to changes in the requirements for Bourne’s full-time, paid job.

“During his career, Bernie played an instrumental role in building the reserve deputy program from a small unit to a unit that is comprised of 22 reserve deputies,” Metts said. “Reserve deputies play a vital role in carrying out our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.”

In 2013, a total of 22 reserve deputies saved taxpayers $304,744 by working a combined total of 12,853 hours, Metts said. Reserve deputies volunteer their time to assist full-time deputies by answering calls for help from citizens, writing incident reports, issuing citations and warnings to motorists who violated traffic laws, serving arrest warrants and providing law enforcement services at community events.

During the employee awards ceremony, Metts also presented the Sheriff’s Gold Star Award to Deputy Patrick Hanko, 25, of Lexington, and Deputy Nic Uveges, 33, of Lexington.

Metts presents the Gold Star Award quarterly in order to recognize Sheriff’s Department employees who provide exceptional customer service to citizens. On January 23, 2012, Metts appointed Hanko to serve as a deputy. On August 20, 2012, Metts appointed Uveges to serve as a deputy.

In January, Hanko was on road patrol duty when he encountered a man who was stranded on Mineral Springs Road near West Columbia because the man’s vehicle was inoperable, Metts said. Hanko stopped to assist the man and followed the man home in his patrol car after the man was able to re-start his vehicle. Several days later, Hanko saw the man at a convenience store and checked to ensure that the man’s vehicle was operating properly.

“Patrick’s positive attitude and kind voice helped calm the man down,” Metts said. “Patrick was very kind, caring and professional.”

In January, Uveges responded to a call for help concerning a man who suffers from a serious medical issue and was found unconscious in his bed at his home, Metts said. After arriving at the man’s home, Uveges rolled the man on his side in order to clear his airway, enabling the man to breathe easier. Uveges monitored the man’s blood pressure and breathing until Lexington County Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived and transported the man by ambulance to a hospital.

“The man’s daughter reported that the scene was very chaotic and family members were very emotional,” Metts said. “Nic remained calm and acted very professionally. Nic’s actions to stabilize the man’s breathing prevented the man’s medical situation from further deteriorating.”


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