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Council recognizes officer, firefighter of the year

Posted: March 5, 2018 4:44 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Brenda Davis/City of Camden

Camden Fire Department (CFD) volunteer Roger Roscoe (front, right) recently received the VFW’s 2018 Firefighter of the Year Award. Camden City Council recognized his achievement during its Feb. 27 meeting. Celebrating with him are (front row, from left) CFD Chief John Bowers, Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, (back row) and council members Jeffrey Graham, Deborah Davis, Stephen Smoak (hidden) and Joanna Craig.

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During its Feb. 27 meeting, Camden City Council recognized two of its own for being named the local Veteran of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) officer and firefighter of the year. Recently, the VFW named Camden Police Department (CPD) Lt. Tim LeGault (pronounced “Leh-go”) as its 2018 Officer of the Year, and the Camden Fire Department’s (CFD) Roger Roscoe as its 2018 Firefighter of the Year.

CPD Capt. Lee Boan talked about why LeGault was nominated and, likely, why the VFW named him its officer of the year.

“He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, in Michigan and South Carolina,” Boan said. “Tim was selected for this award not only because he does his own job well, but he does other officers’ jobs well, too. He doesn’t just stop with doing his job, he always steps up to help others do their jobs as well.”

CFD Chief John Bowers introduced Roscoe.

“We nominated him for one reason, and that was because he won (CFD) Firefighter of the Year voted on by his peers,” Bowers said. “I think that’s quite an honor to say that the folks that you serve with would nominate you before anybody else. These guys, certainly as a team, are involved in harrowing situations constantly. They’re able to reduce suffering and save lives, regularly, and for those folks to pick one out from amongst their members ... I think speaks highly.”

Bowers said Roscoe started as a volunteer firefighter in 1984, became a full-time firefighter and retired after 33 years of service as a lieutenant, only to come back and serve as a volunteer once again. He has also served with the Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad, and served as the CFD’s safety officer for 10 years.

“There’s a legacy of service here. His father’s name came up in a meeting I was in last week. Most of you know Lt. Bill Roscoe, who served with the city until he retired and then long after in a volunteer capacity with a number of agencies. Roger is certainly a chip of the old block and has taken and filled those shoes of his dad’s -- big shoes -- very well,” Bowers said.

He then went on to mention how the young Roscoe was struck by a vehicle at an accident scene and severely injured. Roscoe had a lengthy recovery, but, according to Bowers, his sole wish was to come back on duty.

Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford handed LeGault and Roscoe each their own copies of the Office of the Mayor Coin.

In other business on Feb. 27, council:

• voted unanimously to officially present a proclamation of appreciation to the Price House Commission at a subsequent meeting;

• heard a presentation about the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments from the organization’s Kyle Kelly;

• held a brief public hearing regarding a grant application to resurface the walking trail at Scott Park;

• voted unanimously on first reading of an ordinance amending certain sections of the city’s land development regulations regarding plats and mailboxes;

• voted unanimously on first reading of an ordinance granting final Commercial Mixed Use zoning to a 1-acre lot recently annexed next to I-20 Exit 98;

• voted unanimously, in separate votes, to allow the consumption of beer and wine at both the S.C. Waterfowl Association Banquet and at Finally Friday; and

• voted unanimously to appoint Mike Eddings to the Parks and Trees Commission with a term to expire May 31, 2020.



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