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Meet Nominee Investigator Keith Lewis

By September 25, 2018No Comments

With 37 years spent in law enforcement—beginning as a deputy sheriff in Fairfield County and working his way up to Chief Deputy in the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office—Investigator Keith Lewis brings a lot of experience to his work in the Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

“Investigator Lewis does his job with respect and compassion,” the nomination read. “He goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the communities in the three counties of the Sixth Circuit are protected, cared for, and feel valued. Keith Lewis treats all members of the community as equals and employs his role as investigator with thoughtfulness and tact. Through everyday interactions, he builds a safer community for everyone in Chester, Fairfield, and Lancaster counties.”

His nomination painted the picture of someone who has devoted their life’s work to helping others and to seeking truth and justice.

“Investigator Lewis brings a unique perspective to the job by embracing a community policing and multidisciplinary approach to resolving criminal cases,” the nomination read. “He employs his diverse experience in law enforcement to often assist and encourage younger officers to go beyond the threshold of probable cause and to work their cases with integrity and vigor. Because of this ability to relate to their struggles, the results are that they listen to him and seek out his valued opinions. The ripple effects of the relationships that he builds within law enforcement communities make the cases better and the likely hood of a just result great.”

Investigator Lewis’s willingness to work complicated and often emotionally charged victim cases, and his ability to encourage victims to continue to help move cases forward through the criminal justice system shows his compassion for victims of crime. His nomination read, “Investigator Lewis tirelessly works to ensure proper evidentiary foundations are formed for criminal charges and to give the greatest chance for the evidence to reach the jury at trial in criminal cases. He searches for the truth to see that justice is served.”

Giving back means the world to Investigator Lewis. “Of course, I believe in my Lord and Savior. I believe in giving back everything that has been given to me,” he said. He believes in treating everyone the same and with fairness because “every victim is different, but they are the same. You get somebody who steals a man’s BMW, that’s his prized possession. Then Old John gets his weed eater stolen, that’s his prized possession, too. Treat everyone the same—you get people who are down on their luck who don’t have much and they don’t trust many people. You can be compassionate. Show them that you care.”

He’s learned so much from his community but one lesson in particular that stands out is forgiveness. “We forgive, I’m proud that people forgive,” Investigator Lewis said. “Victims come in where a loved one has been killed, or been involved with a serious DUI crash, and they stand up there and forgive that person. To me, that is pretty amazing.”

Please join us in celebrating Investigator Lewis as one of our finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award!

About the Officer Gregory Alia Award
Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her husband, Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30th, 2015. This prestigious annual award is named in his honor and recognizes an outstanding officer who demonstrates a commitment to serve his/her community with respect and compassion; one who goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the community are protected, cared for, and feel valued; one who treats all members of the community as equal and who employed their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all. The award is presented at our annual event, the Knight of Honor Gala, which will be held on September 28, 2018 in Columbia, SC.