Sheriff Carter Weaver presented quarterly awards to employees of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at a ceremony on June 30. Those honored were:
DEPUTIES OF THE QUARTER
Cpl. Antonio Mitchum and Deputy Cody Thompson. They responded to a structure fire at Morningside Assisted Living on North Fraser Street on April 4, 2021.
After determining that all residents and staff were safely out of the building, Cpl. Mitchum recognized the need to assist the elderly residents who had gathered in the hot sun and secured bottled water from the sheriff’s office for everyone.
When he learned it would be several hours before the residents could be moved indoors, Deputy Thompson secured an air-conditioned fellowship hall at a nearby church and used the church van to transport the residents, their family members and staff nurses to the facility. A county van with a lift was also acquired, and deputies helped the wheelchair-bound to the church.
“Cpl. Mitchum and Deputy Thompson assessed the situation and responded above and beyond the expected actions of law enforcement to assist the residents and provide for their well-being,” their nomination form said.
CORRECTIONAL OFFICER OF THE QUARTER
Cpl. Jason Flint. “He listens to understand rather than respond, is trustworthy, dependable and supportive,” according to his nomination. He upholds the mantra of being fair, firm and consistent and has excellent de-escalation techniques. These skills have assisted Cpl. Flint in gaining the respect from inmates and co-workers.
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS OF THE QUARTER
Joseph Williamson and Sheila Felder.
Williamson was cited for his response to two major incidents in Georgetown County. He responded to the Morningside Assisted Living fire and coordinated with officers from the Salvation Army to provide food and supplies to the displaced residents. He also responded to the site of a serious motor vehicle accident on Highway 51 on June 19 and ensured mass-casualty vehicles arrived to transport people involved in the accident. His actions improved Emergency Medical Service transport capabilities and expedited patient care. In addition to Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson was also recognized by Georgetown County Public Safety for his part in a successful response to both instances.
Felder has been a communications officer with Central since May 2019. With Central being short staffed, Felder has increased her responsibilities by accepting the duties as second-in-charge of A Shift and taking over a training role for recently hired staff. “Her work is consistent, and she has become a reliable and vital member of the Central Communications team,” her nomination form said.
EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER
On the Saturday morning of June 19, Public Information Officer Jason Lesley, who was off-duty, was traveling on Highway 51 when he came upon a vehicle accident which had just occurred involving a Williamsburg County Transit bus and another vehicle. Being one of the first persons on the scene, he grabbed his fire extinguisher and put out the fire and checked on the bus passengers. He helped some get off the bus and assisted until first-responders arrived. His nomination form said: “While not a deputy, Jason’s actions are representative of the core values of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office ‘Protect and Serve.’”