FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Greenbrier-Bethel Volunteer Fire Department held a special dinner last week in recognition of Keith Lewis, long-time chief deputy for Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and current investigator for the Sixth Circuit Solicitor.
“Thank you for your years of cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office,” said Greenbrier-Bethel Fire Chief Sammie Castles.
The event included dinner and several presentations.
Castles recounted Lewis’ career in law enforcement, which included stints with both FCSO and Town of Winnsboro Public Safety Department.
Castles said Lewis fostered a long-lasting relationship between the fire department and sheriff’s office based on trust and respect, which resulted in the Greenbrier-Bethel community being particularly well-served.
Lewis was presented with a badge and made an honorary member of the Greenbrier-Bethel Fire Department.
“Since I’m an honorary member, do I get to drive a truck sometime?” Lewis asked, joking.
Castles deadpanned Lewis could drive a truck anytime.
State Sen. Creighton Coleman, D-District 17, presented Lewis with a Senate resolution recognizing his 32 years of civil service.
“There’s nobody I’d rather do this for,” Coleman said.
Lewis thanked the Greenbrier-Bethel Fire Department and Coleman for the recognition and kind words.
“I do want to thank y’all,” Lewis said.
Lewis complimented the tenacity required to fight fires.
“I do thank you for what you do,” Lewis said. “It takes a special person to be a fireman.”
Lewis compared firefighters to insurance — something no one wants to pay for, but is happy to have in an emergency.
However, after the honorary membership and Senate resolution, there was one last presentation. Lewis opened a long box and pulled aside brown tissue paper to reveal a rifle that was given to him on behalf of the Greenbrier-Bethel Fire Department.
“And I was expecting to get a hamburger and a hot dog,” Lewis joked.
Lewis said he was sincerely moved by the night’s gestures, and said he would need to bring his honors to his office in Lancaster.
“I’ll have to show the people of Lancaster what kind of people you have,” Lewis said.
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