RANTIN: Lexington deputy honored for heroism

03/25/2014 9:47 PM

03/25/2014 9:48 PM

A Lexington County sheriff’s deputy has been honored for helping an Irmo-area woman experiencing a medical emergency at her home.

Lake Murray Marine Patrol Deputy Brian Borough was named the department’s Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2013 during the most recent awards ceremony earlier this month.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected the 43-year-old Borough for the honor.

Borough was recognized for his actions Dec. 22, when he discovered an 83-year-old woman lying face down on a bathroom floor at her home. He had gone to the home to check on the woman’s well-being, because no one had been able to contact her and her husband was in a hospital.

Borough found the house locked and no indication of activity inside. Fearing the woman was in danger, he forced his way into the home, where he found the woman in the bathroom. He requested help from Lexington County Emergency Medical Services and the woman was taken to a hospital and treated after an apparent fall.

“Brian acted urgently and decisively to ensure that the 83-year-old woman quickly received medical treatment that saved the woman’s life,” Sheriff James Metts said.

Borough, who also received the Sheriff’s Department Life Saving Award for his actions, has been with the department since August 1999.

Lexington County Detention Center Lt. Jeremy Vetter received the Sheriff’s Medal, the highest law enforcement honor the sheriff can bestow, during the recent awards ceremony.

Vetter, 31, of Lexington, was recognized for his ongoing support of the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter with his wife, Whitney.

For the past two years, the Vetters have led efforts to provide Christmas presents for children at the shelter. The couple also helped raise money to help the shelter improve its playground.

“Jeremy encouraged correctional officers to take a personal interest in the Christmas gift project,” Metts said. “Jeremy demonstrated exceptional performance in a leadership role.”

Six reserve deputies also were recognized during the ceremony. They have volunteered a combined 30,726 hours the past five years alongside full-time paid deputies.

Metts presented the Sheriff’s Department Distinguished Reserve Deputy Award to Capt. Lee Thomas, Sgt. John Lookabill, Sgt. Worth Rogers, Sgt. Tom Robinson, Deputy Eli Maoli and Deputy Scott Zylstra, who now is a full-time deputy.

About Bertram Rantin

Bertram Rantin


Bertram Rantin is The State's metro columnist with a current focus on the inspirational people and community helpers in Columbia, SC, and the Midlands. Rantin has covered a variety of areas during his tenure at the newspaper including local government, schools, sports, features, transportation, volunteerism and non profits. Email Bertram at brantin@thestate.com or call him at (803) 771-8306.

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