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Richland County investigator honored for military service by national foundation

Armando Yturria (left) and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.
Armando Yturria (left) and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. Photo by Joye King

Richland County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Armando Yturria, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces sergeant major, was recognized by the national Quilts of Valor Foundation for his distinguished military service as a special operations leader Thursday afternoon.

Yturria, who retired from the Army in 2005 following 25 years of service and multiple deployments, was presented a Quilt of Valor by the Foundation’s state chairman Anne Mixon and Quilts of Valor’s national executive director Tammany McDaniel during ceremonies attended by senior military officers and deputies at the sheriff’s department headquarters.

“Armando is the kind of model ground combat leader that frankly sets himself apart and at the same time draws other soldiers to him,” said retired Col. Steve Vitali, U.S. Marine Corps, who attended the presentation.

Yturria has been with the sheriff’s department since 2003.

“Armando’s extraordinary service to his country parallels his equally committed exceptional service as a law enforcement officer to this department and to the many communities we serve,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. “This is also reflected in the love and commitment he has always demonstrated and given to his family all of whom well-know the meaning of sacrifice and service.”

Yturria is also a Gold Star father who is married to Capt. Maria Yturria of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.