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Animal Control officer elected state commander of American Legion posts

Posted: June 7, 2017 - 1:21am
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Mike Strauss, a North Augusta Public Safety officer, has been voted the 2017-18 commander of more than 200 American Legion posts in South Carolina.

Strauss was elected Sunday at the conclusion of the 99th annual convention of South Carolina American Legion members, in Columbia.

Strauss, 46, becomes the third member of North Augusta's Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post 71 to serve in the state's top leadership role, following Norma Walker and the late Nate Wolfe.

Walker, a Navy veteran now living in Oak Ridge, Tenn., remains the only woman to serve as commander of South Carolina's legion posts.

Strauss, an Army veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, is a past commander of the North Augusta post.

He has held several positions with the district- and state-level divisions of the South Carolina American Legion.

Strauss is a firefighter and police officer with the North Augusta Public Safety Department, but is assigned full time as an Animal Control officer. Last year he authored a history of the department that was published as a book.

He is a member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, S.C. State Firefighters Association and the S.C. Animal Care and Control Association.

Also at the state legion gathering, Ron Price of Post 71 in North Augusta was voted fourth vice commander.

The retired Army command sergeant major with more than 30 years of military service is the civilian director of the transportation division at Fort Gordon.

The American Legion Riders of South Carolina during Saturday's session presented checks totaling more than $66,000 for the Legion's national scholarship fund that benefits children of veterans killed on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

North Augusta Post 71's Legion Riders alone contributed a check for $5,336 that members raised through various pledge motorcycle rides.

 

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