Couple awarded VIP’s of The Year by Lexington PD
Lexington, SC – Recently, Chief Terrence Green invited members of the Lexington Police Department Volunteers In Police Services (V.I.P.S.) group to the Town of Lexington Municipal Complex for the annual appreciation dinner and award ceremony. This year’s meal was catered by Sweet Magnolia’s Deli and Grille.
This annual dinner was organized as a thank you to V.I.P.S. members who, during the course of 2017, assisted in over forty Lexington Police Department community events and volunteered over 400 hours. Some of these duties included being at the Lexington Police Department tent handing out flyers, stickers, and pencils, completing fingerprint cards for children during an event, representing the Lexington Police Department in parades, or being part of the many Toys For Tots events during the holiday season.
During this year’s dinner, Chief Terrence Green presented Rich and Kathleen Little with the “V.I.P.S. of the Year” award for their nearly 50 hours that they each volunteered during 2017. Green said, “Our V.I.P.S. program continues to grow and these are our Ambassadors in the community who all selflessly volunteer their time no matter what or when the need.”
As part of this appreciation dinner, Kassy Alia of Heroes In Blue was invited as the guest speaker and she spoke on the value of volunteerism and her own journey after the passing of her husband, Greg Alia, during an in the line of duty death on September 30, 2015.
The Volunteers In Police Services program was organized in 2004 and currently has over 60 active members. To be considered for the V.I.P.S. program, all must complete the Lexington Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy and pass the application process. Information can be found on the L.P.D. website.