Photo Gallery | Deputy Aull honored
The Irmo Optimist Club recognized Deputy Sheila Aull as the 2013 Law Enforcement of the Year during their monthly breakfast meeting at the Rawls Creek County Club.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Richland County Council held its annual meeting where they honored Deputy Sheila Aull with a Resolution for heroism in the line of duty with family, friends, and Sheriff Leon Lott present Deputy Aull was honored. In addition, the Council honored the Cedar Creek Community for their donation of $1,500.00 to purchase additional lifesaving vests for Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Adam Jurgen, a suspect in a domestic assault, shot Deputy Aull at the Farrington Way Apartments on Broad River Road. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that we were fortunate in that shoot because Deputy Aull and the other deputies could have easily lost their life or suffered serious injuries. We do all we can to protect our deputies and community by providing the Deputies with the best equipment and training, this proved true the value of both. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that deputies constantly train on proper techniques and firearm training which prevented any deputy or citizen from being injured while the threat of the shooter was eliminated. Every deputy is issued a protective vest and is required to wear it. The Sheriff added that he believes it is his responsibly to provide each one a vest as part of their normal equipment issue and we should never rely on the community or special groups to provide vests for the deputies -- That should be a priority for any Sheriff, Chief, and local government. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 proved just what a life saving piece of equipment the vest is when it is worn. Deputy Sheila Aull has recovered from her injuries and is back on duty.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to serve and protect the citizens of Richland County with heart and determination realizing the sacrifices that may lie ahead. It is our job, one we are proud to do, each and every day. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Jurgen was shot and killed in the altercation with law enforcement as he continued to fire upon them.