A former Lexington County Sheriff’s reserve deputy was honored recently for his longtime service to the county.
Former reserve Maj. Bernard “Bernie” Bourne was presented the Sheriff’s Medal, the highest law enforcement honor that Sheriff James Metts bestows, during an employee awards ceremony.
The 54-year-old Bourne has volunteered more than 33 years with the department, where he worked alongside full-time deputies.
“During his career, Bernie played an instrumental role in building the reserve deputy program from a small unit to a unit that is comprised of 22 reserve deputies,” Metts said.
Bourne was named a reserve deputy in October 1980. He resigned earlier this year due to changes in his full-time work requirements in the health industry.
Reserve deputies assist full-time deputies by answering calls for help from citizens, writing incident reports, issuing traffic citations and warnings, serving warrants and serving at community events.
The 22 reserve deputies saved taxpayers $304,744 in 2013 as they worked 12,853 hours, Metts said.
“Reserve deputies play a vital role in carrying out our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County,” Metts said.
Two deputies also received the department’s Gold Star Award during the ceremony.
Metts presented the awards to Patrick Hanko, 25, of Lexington, and Nic Uveges, 33, of Lexington. The distinction recognizes department employees who provide exceptional customer service to citizens.
Hanko was recognized for assisting a stranded motorist, while Uveges was recognized for providing medical assistance to a county resident who was experiencing an emergency at home.
Family Connection names new leader
Nienhuis, who has extensive experience in pediatric and maternal child health , will assume the post June 6. She succeeds Jackie Richards, who had led the agency since 2009.
“Amy Nienhuis has the energy, experience and passion to carry this organization to the next level,” Richards said. “I know that she will always listen to South Carolina families and provide the support they need.”
Family Connection, a nonprofit agency, provides support, information and resources to families and professionals who care for children with special health care needs, disabilities or chronic illnesses. The organization was founded in 1989 with the mission of strengthening and encouraging families through parental support.