DENMARK -- The Denmark Technical College Public Service Department held an Alcohol and Drug Prevention Campaign program on Nov. 30 and had an appearance from some very special guests.
Richland County Sheriff Office deputies Chris Mastrianni and Kevin Lawrence, unlikely stars from the hit television show "Live PD," a series on A&E, gave a presentation and manned one of the vendor tables.
Students and faculty lined up to snap pictures with Mastrianni, dubbed “Fastrianni” for his speed in running down suspects, and Lawrence, a former Aiken deputy and a fan favorite known for his calm demeanor. The deputies accommodated everyone, speaking with fans and staying until the last picture was taken.
Other attending vendors included Trooper Judd Jones from the South Carolina Highway Patrol Troop 7, the 2nd Judicial Alcohol Task force, AT&T of Barnwell, South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Regional Medical Center, Hope Health, Denmark Police Department Paxen and the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. The vendors had informational tables and some gave in-depth presentations on drug and alcohol abuse.
“We are appreciative of all of the organizations and agencies from across our state and region who came together to make this important event a success,” DTC Interim President Christopher Hal said. “I am especially grateful to Sheriff Leon Lott and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for allowing deputies Lawrence and Mastrianni to attend our event. Even though we are not in Richland County, they did not hesitate in giving their support when I communicated the purpose of our campaign.”
The S.C. Highway Patrol brought goggles that mimicked being intoxicated and during his presentation Trooper Jones had attendees log on to an online game to score their drug and alcohol awareness.
Door prizes were awarded to lucky ticket holders and Culinary Arts provided handmade cupcakes and snacks.
Rosaland Kenner, dean of public services, was thrilled with the community involvement.
“I would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to come to the event, especially all the vendors,” Kenner said. “It is wonderful to have community support.”
The event evolved from an alcohol and drug class in the Human Services Division. Students from the Criminal Justice program, Early Childhood Development and Culinary Arts participated in the program and DTC student Josh Gadson performed a musical tribute, singing a cappella.
“Across the nation, alcohol and drug use is a major problem, especially among high school and college students. I am proud that our Public Service Department took an active role in putting this campaign together for our campus and community,” Hall said.