5 area police officers receive Optimist Club awards

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 20, 2013 

Five officers from area law enforcement agencies received awards from the Optimist Club of Rock Hill last week.

During the club’s annual Respect for Law Banquet last Wednesday, officers with the York County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Hill Police Department, Winthrop University Police Department, state Highway Patrol and state Transport Police were awarded.

Each winner received donations to their law enforcement agency’s respective charities.

Winners included:

• Officer Adam Nemtuda, Rock Hill Police Department

• Master Deputy Joe M. Wallace Jr., York County Sheriff’s Office

• Sgt. Dwayne Bunch, Winthrop University Police Department

• Lance Cpl. P.W. Harrell, Highway Patrol

• Senior Officer Patrick McLean, Transport Police.

York County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Ray Feaster also received an award from the Clover Optimist Club. Feaster, a 24-year law enforcement veteran, is Clover Middle School’s resource officer and versed in gang intelligence, Internet safety, bullying and drug and alcohol awareness, according to a York County Sheriff’s release.

Sheriff’s Master Deputy Joe Wallace was awarded for his efforts in the Hells Angels motorcycle gang investigation that led to the convictions of several alleged bike club members within recent months, the release states.

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