A Lexington County sheriff’s deputy is being recognized tonight for actions credited with helping to save a 10-year-old girl who was being attacked by a pit bull.
Deputy Joe Auckerman, who serves as resident deputy for the Gilbert, Hollow Creek and Summit communities, will be given a Life Saving Award by Woodmen of the World Insurance, the Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.
Auckerman, 30, of Batesburg-Leesville, shot and killed a pit bull who was attacking the girl Nov. 28 outside a home on Bethlehem Circle in Batesburg-Leesville, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Auckerman also worked on the scene with a Lexington County Fire Service volunteer firefighter to bandage the young girl’s wounds after the attack. She suffered life-threatening injuries to her neck and arms, the department said.
Tonight’s ceremony starts at 7 at 3620 Augusta Road, West Columbia.