RIDGEWAY — Nelson Lacy was recently recognized as Ridgeway’s “Citizen of the Year” by town council.
Lacy has been a resident of Ridgeway for over 12 years and is a Vietnam veteran, retired health services worker, former General of the South Carolina State Guard and former officer on the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Board.
“To me, Nelson epitomizes a ‘Citizen of the Year’ because he is volunteer extraordinaire,” Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring said. “He believes in service first. You can hear his infectious laughter before you see him, which is usually followed by ‘what can I do for you or how can I help you,’ and he is always seeking to help someone.”
Since moving to Ridgeway, Lacy has volunteered his time as a member of the Ridgeway Recreation Committee, has monitored safety with the State Guard at the annual Pig on the Ridge festival, Arts on the Ridge event and holiday parades.
He also chaired the 2013 Christmas Parade and secured funding for the Palmetto Pipe and Drum Corps to lead the parade, as well as serving as Santa Claus’ helper for the past three years at Holidays on the Ridge.
“Because he is a man of service he is always asking ‘what can I do,” Herring stated.
Lacy recently spoke to Ridgeway’s town council on Veteran’s Day (June 6) and volunteered his assistance with the D-Day Commemorative Celebration.
In the medical arena, Lacy has brought increased attention to the health needs of the Ridgeway community by recruiting many volunteers to serve on the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. He also assists with the Meal on Wheels program to bring food to Ridgeway to be distributed to elderly citizens.
Lacy also is a past recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, which is the state’s highest service award.
“He is the only Ridgeway resident to win that award and we are very proud of him,” Herring noted.
Ridgeway Firefighter Recognition
Town council recently recognized Leonard Glenn Adams III for his service and achievement as a volunteer firefighter.
In July of 2012 he joined the fire department at the age of 16 as a junior firefighter and has met all the requirements to become the youngest person certified as a firefighter 1 in Fairfield County.
“We are just so proud that are young people still seek to volunteer,” Herring said.
MASC Achievement Award
Ridgeway Town Council was recently presented the Achievement Award by the Municipal Association for its work on the “One Tank Town” program. The town has utilized the internet and social networks to help promote economic development. For more information about the program, visit www.ridgewaysc.org and click the events tab.
Herring also announced that she will be serving on the MASC board of directors and representing the Central Midlands Council of Government for a three-year term.