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Lexington County Sheriff’s Department colonel receives lifetime achievement award from SCLEOA

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) - Colonel Mel Seboe of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department recently received the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association's (SCLEOA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Colonel Seboe has been with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for more than 45 years. He began his employment under Sheriff James R. Metts in 1973.

While at the department, Colonel Seboe has held many positions in almost every division of the department. He often is quoted as saying with humor that he didn’t pay very much attention to the phrase, “And any other duty that may be assigned,” when he began his career at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Since agreeing to that statement when he took the job, he literally has done just about every job that one could imagine a law enforcement officer could perform. Mostly notably, he started the K-9 program with the department and has run hundreds of miles behind the department’s bloodhounds over the years. The sheriff’s department also brags that he is one of the most experienced and longest “living” law enforcement explosive ordinance technicians in the world! He developed the sheriffs department’s bomb response program and is well known for climbing into their bomb truck during community programs and setting off dynamite while he calmly sat behind the wheel.

According to their website, the SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the long-term accomplishments and contributions of an individual who has earned the respect of the law enforcement community in South Carolina. The award was developed to honor those who have served the law enforcement and public safety professions generously and unselfishly for at least twenty five continuous years. It is to commemorate exemplary talents and contributions as demonstrated by the nominee's dedication, loyalty, ability and integrity. This award is intended to recognize those individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the SCLEOA.

Colonel Seboe was accompanied by his wife Jane when he received the award.

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