Lexington County correctional officers Albert Schuck and Philipp Weiger have been named Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Employees of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2012.
The two were recognized with several other officers during a ceremony earlier this month.
Schuck and Weiger were noted for providing emergency medical assistance to an inmate who was having difficulty breathing in October. The two administered rescue breathing assistance until medical personnel arrived and transported the inmate to Lexington Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
“Albert and Philipp followed their training as correctional officers and reacted quickly when they saw an inmate experiencing a life-threatening situation in his cell,” Sheriff James Metts said. “Their commitment to provide professional correctional services saved the inmate’s life.”
Schuck, of West Columbia, was named a correctional officer in August 1996. Weiger, of Irmo, became a correctional officer in January 2012.
Detective Steve Baumgardner, received the Sheriff’s Department Gold Star Award, which recognizes employees who provide exceptional service to citizens.
Baumgardner, who investigates identity-theft and white-collar crime cases, was honored for helping the owners of a local motel recover more than $1,000 in unpaid room charges.
“The owners of the motel told me that they were impressed with the tenacity and dedication with which Steve conducted the investigation,” Metts said. “Steve conducts investigations with the utmost professionalism, skill and compassion for crime victims.”
Baumgardner joined the Sheriff’s Department in August 1997.
Donna Peck was named the Civilian Employee of the Quarter. Peck, of West Columbia, joined the department in June 2008 and serves in the Warrant Division.
She helped with the annual Sheriff’s Department Holiday Food and Toy Drive by screening more than 50 families who received food and toys and helped put together gift boxes for families.
“Donna is very committed to provide excellent customer service to citizens,” Metts said, adding she regularly volunteers her time with community service projects.