Bertram Rantin

Rantin: Sr. Resources honors four for service

SENIOR RESOURCES recently honored several community members for their outstanding service to the agency.

David Cote received the Leonard L. Price Fundraising Award, which recognizes outstanding fundraising efforts.

Frances Hagan and Alice Besier, two longtime volunteers in Senior Resources' RSVP program, received the Webster Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer service.

Bryan Hatchell received The Season of Service Award, which honors an individual's long-term service in a variety of areas. Hatchell is a past president of Senior Resources and had been an agency advocate for more than 10 years.

Senior Resources also announced new officers and board members during its annual meeting.

K. Eve McCoy is the new board president. He will be joined on the agency's executive team by David Cote, Bob Mason and Tammy Mitten.

Carmen Preston and Reggie Corley were elected to three-year board terms.

Senior Resources aims to keep senior adults living independently for as long as possible though a variety of programs, including Meals on Wheels.

For more information, to schedule a tour or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call (803) 252-7734, ext. 256.

Sgt. Frank J. "Jeff" Weed of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department earned the department's most recent Employee of the Quarter award.

Weed was formally recognized by Sheriff James R. Metts during an employee awards ceremony. He was selected by the Lexington County Sheriff's Advisory Council in recognition of his successful efforts to save the life of a baby boy in St. Andrews.

On Oct. 26, 2009, Weed responded to a call concerning a baby whose mother found the infant unconscious in a bathtub at their apartment. The baby was unresponsive, so Weed began moving the baby's limbs and performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The baby coughed up water and started to cry.

"Jeff's swift actions greatly contributed to the baby boy making a full recovery from this incident," said Metts, who also presented Weed the Sheriff's Department Life Saving Award. "His conduct was exemplary in a very stressful situation."

Weed, 47, of Columbia, joined the Sheriff's Department in November 1989. He serves as a road patrol supervisor in the north region patrol district, near Irmo.

Metts also presented the South Carolina Sheriff's Association Correctional Officer Award to Lt. Ernestine Favor-McDaniels in recognition of more than 25 years of service at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Favor-McDaniels, 48, of Lexington, joined the Sheriff's Department in June 1984.