Deputy honored for life-saving heroics

brantin@thestate.comAugust 19, 2013 

Ryan Moseley

A Lexington County Sheriff deputy’s heroic efforts that saved an area woman and her two dogs from a house fire have earned him the Employee of the Quarter distinction.

Deputy Ryan Moseley received the award for the second quarter of 2013 earlier this month from Sheriff James R. Metts during a ceremony, after being selected by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council.

On May 13, the 23-year-old Moseley saw flames on the front porch of a house on Windy Road in the Gilbert community.

After alerting Lexington County fire service, he approached the home and knocked on the front door to alert anyone inside. A 19-year-old woman and two dogs ran out of the rear of the residence. The woman told Moseley that she had been asleep and did not know that the house was on fire.

After verifying that no one else was inside, Moseley used a garden hose to contain and extinguish the fire.

“Ryan saved the life of the 19-year-old woman and her two dogs by being very observant while he was on road patrol,” Metts said. “Ryan reacted quickly and selflessly when he saw that the home was on fire and placed himself in danger in order to save another person’s life.”

Moseley also received the Sheriff’s Department’s Life Saving Award in recognition of his actions.

Moseley, of Lexington, joined the Sheriff’s Department in August 2012 and was appointed to the West Region Patrol District based near Gilbert.

Melissa Taylor, 25, of Leesville was named Civilian Employee of the Quarter during the recent ceremony. Taylor is a paralegal for the department’s general counsel and administrative assistant for the professional standards division.

An added shield for K-9 partners

A Lexington County teenager was recognized recently for his efforts to help keep K-9 police dogs safe.

Leeam Stein, a 14-year-old Lexington High freshman, raised more than $2,300 for the Heroes Vest Fund, which provides body armor vests for K-9 police dogs that work with South Carolina law enforcement agencies.

The money was raised as part of a community service project for Stein’s Bar Mitzvah and will be used to donate a body armor vest for Lexington County Sheriff’s Department K-9, Forrest. The bloodhound, donated to the department in 2012, is the partner of K-9 Unit Deputy Nick Parker.

Stein received a certificate of appreciation from Lexington County Sheriff James Metts during an awards ceremony.

“Deputies with our agency’s K-9 unit greatly appreciate Leeam and all the citizens who helped by donating money to his community service project,” Metts said.

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