On July 24, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF) based in Lugoff, SC, did something it has never done before: bestowed its first-ever corporate Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award to a corporation.
That day, in front of Lugoff Automotive, KCSF Chairman Steve Zobel presented Mark Mason of Mason Automotive Group with the award.
Jennifer McElveen Boan, Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan’s wife and an employee with Mason Automotive, said the company is committed to continuing the relationship with and support of local law enforcement.
“Not long after (Mason’s) arrival in Lugoff (in) July 2008, he immediately saw the opportunity for growth and, along with that growth, the opportunity to give back to the community,” Boan said. “As part of reaching out and giving back to the community, Mark and the Mason Automotive Group had a desire to assist in local law enforcement needs. That is how the relationship between the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Mason Automotive Group came into being. The Mason Automotive Group is proud to donate annually and, upon request of a need to the foundation, to assist in the purchase of bulletproof vests for deputies and other needs as they may arise.”
Sheriff Boan and members of his command staff were on hand for the July 24 presentation along with Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns.
Earlier, on July 17, the KCSF presented the citizen's version of the Leonard Price Award to the city of Camden, SC, Finance Director Debbie Courtney in honor of her late husband, David Courtney.
“David and his wife … moved here in the late 1990s,” said Cleatus Ray, who nominated Courtney for the award. “David was born and raised in Kingstree where he was on the fire board as well as a fireman for the Kingstree Fire Department. Once relocating to Lugoff, David continued his work of assisting all first responders for each sector. David was very active in the community and a strong supporter of law enforcement. During the floods of 2015, David made sure all first responders were recognized and offered free food for any that visited Gadgets of Lugoff.”