On Monday, January 6, 2020, during the North Myrtle Beach city council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley stated that Lawton Dews for many years has ardently supported various aspects of city government and gotten involved within his community and county. She proclaimed that those efforts by him have been exceptional.
For years Lawton Dews has attended most city council meetings, offering public comments that were very supportive of public safety, parks and recreation and other city activities. He also has recognized and offered thanks to various department heads and other city personnel. He has shown a special interest in public safety and other first responders by initiating major supportive events on their behalf. Examples of such events include a large gathering of city residents at a July 2017 City Council meeting to thank and praise public safety personnel and other first responders.
Then on September 19, 2019, a major awards banquet was held to thank and honor all city, county and state first responders and also included all five branches of the U.S. Military and the South Carolina National Guard. He received a Patriot Award from the National Guard at the close of the event. Lawton Dews arranged and promoted these and other events without a desire for recognition or personal reward. He has also been involved in the community on many other helpful levels.
The mayor then presented a Proclamation to city resident Lawton Dews naming Friday, January 10, 2020, as “Lawton Dews Day” in North Myrtle Beach.
She encouraged all citizens and other residents to thank him for all he has done for the past several years and for all his efforts to honor and recognize all first responders and the U.S. Military, including the South Carolina National Guard.