By Bertram Rantin
LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — A Lexington County Sheriff deputy's potential life-saving help to an area motorist has earned him the department's employee of the quarter distinction.
Deputy Samuel Stewart Smith was recognized for the third quarter during a recent employee awards ceremony. The Lexington County Sheriff's Advisory Council selected Smith for the honor.
In September, Smith discovered that Jessica Baumgart had suffered a seizure and was locked in her car outside of an area convenience store. Baumgart had a head injury and was having trouble breathing as she sat slumped in the car.
Smith broke out a window, unlocked the driver's door and placed Baumgart upright so she could breathe normally. He supported her head until Lexington County Emergency Medical Services workers arrived.
"Samuel reacted quickly and professionally in rendering aid to a person who was experiencing a medical emergency," Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said. "Baumgart would have faced a life-threatening situation if Samuel had not intervened and made it possible for Baumgart to breathe normally."
Metts also presented Smith the department's Life-Saving Award.
Smith, 29, of Columbia joined the sheriff's department in October 2011. He works on a road patrol shift in the South Region district that is based in Pelion.
Several others also were honored at the ceremony.
— Siller Anderson was named Civilian Employee of the Quarter.
— Master Deputy Reginald "Reggie" Smiley received the Sheriff's Gold Star Award, recognizing exceptional customer service to citizens.
— The Sheriff's Medal, the highest law enforcement honor that the sheriff can bestow, was given to Lexington County Detention Center designated immigration officer Kevin Farley and former county Detention Center Sgt. Ronald "Ron" O'Neill, who retired earlier this year. O'Neill also received the Sheriff's Medal, after serving with the Sheriff's Department for more than 31 years.
— Kandace "Kay" Wood received the department's Meritorious Achievement Award. Wood retired July 31 after five years of service as a victim assistance program coordinator.
— Detention Center correctional officer David Kellogg received the department's Meritorious Conduct Award. Kellogg retired in September after more than 13 years of service.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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