Deputy of the Year
Sgt. Mary Frantz
Aiken County Sheriff's Office
The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is proud to announce that Sgt. Mary Frantz of Aiken County was recognized as the 2015 Deputy of the Year at the SC Sheriffs' Association Awards Banquet held Monday, July 11th in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Sheriff Michael Hunt, Aiken County Sheriff's Office presented Sergeant Frantz the Deputy of the Year plaque. Deputy of the Year sponsor, Keith Fuquay from Tyco SimplexGrinnell made a special presentation in honor of the award.
Sergeant Mary Frantz has been with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office since 2011 and has worked her way through the ranks with exceptional professionalism. SGT Frantz currently serves as the agency's Community Policing Coordinator where her role and responsibilities surround maintaining the foundation of trust between citizens and law enforcement. Her additional duties include being one of two Canine Explosive Detection Teams.
Mary has been the example of what it means to be a professional when times are so challenging in our field. Her selfless service has shown that no task is too difficult to meet head on. She has been an integral part in the planning and coordinating the agency's participation in the 2015 and 2016 Special Olympics, National Night Out, presentations at our local schools and assisting with creating Neighborhood Organizations.
Deciding who this honor should be bestowed upon is certainly no easy task due to the numerous level of professional law enforcement officers in the State of South Carolina. I present to you that SGT Mary Frantz is that law enforcement officer who embodies "selflessness", "integrity" and "drive". These simple words describe her as a person but also as a Cop. She gives when there is nothing to give. She tries even when it is a challenge that is almost impossible. She teaches others who need just a little guidance. I believe that she would say, "I'm just doing my job and I don't want to let anyone down." Stereotypes and bias towards law enforcement do not preclude her from following through with solving problems and helping communities to become better partners with law enforcement. As you can see in the included articles, this deputy is doing more than just her job but being the officer of the community and for the community.
Sergeant Frantz was recognized by her peers as the February 2016 Deputy of the Month for her service to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Aiken. In 2015, SGT Frantz, without the knowledge of her supervisors, assisted a homeless man who was living in his van, get back home to family members in Brattleboro, VT. She discovered that there were numerous complainants of the van being parked in parking lots of grocery stores and closed businesses. She met with the homeless man and was able to locate family members. She used her own funds in order to make a family whole again and potentially saved a life of the gentleman whom faced so many challenges physically and mentally. I certainly believe that this act of kindness is an example of humanity that deserves recognition.
Captain Eric M. Abdullah
Special Operations/Community Service Division
Aiken County Sheriff's Office