2017-06-21 / Announcements

Police award scholarship to fifth-grader

Lt. Jason Seamster, James Collins, Swift Creek Elementary Principal Peggy Innes and Child Safety Officer Debbie Wessel. Lt. Jason Seamster, James Collins, Swift Creek Elementary Principal Peggy Innes and Child Safety Officer Debbie Wessel. The Chesterfield County Police Department has awarded its Craig Rath Memorial Scholarship to a Swift Creek Elementary School student. Chesterfield Police Lt. Jason Seamster and Child Safety Officer Debbie Wessel presented James Collins with the award in front of his parents and peers during the school’s fifth-grade celebration on June 14. James received a $250 check and a letter from Col. Thierry G. Dupuis, along with a certificate in memory of Officer Craig Rath.

James is the 18th winner of the scholarship created to honor Rath, who was killed on May 27, 1999, as a result of a traffic crash while he was on duty. Rath was an officer with the department’s Street Drug Enforcement Section.

After participating in the police department’s Success Through Education and Proactive Policing program, fifth-grade students apply for the scholarship by submitting a letter to the chief of police outlining how they can keep their schools and communities safe, and partner with police to improve the quality of schools and neighborhoods.

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Schell Brothers has welcomed Tricia Smith as the company’s division president. Prior to joining the team, Smith was with Ryan Homes for 15 years. Smith has spent the majority of her real estate career in sales and sales management, overseeing southern Virginia as a regional sales manager. She has also worked in land acquisition and oversaw general homebuilding operations as a general manager. A summa cum laude graduate of Longwood University, she and her husband, Scott, live in Midlothian with their three daughters.

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