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South Carolina

TROOPER Volume 27, Number 1 Spring 2013

SCTA Welcomes SCHP Basic #91 1 South Carolina Trooper

SCTA Board of Directors

David M. Latimer III Executive Director

C.R. Cooper President

B. G. Dewitt Vice President

W.C. West Secretary

D.J. Bron, Jr. Treasurer

G. D. Rothell Troop One

J.C. Ashley Troop Two

T.E. Nance Troop Three

J.A. Cartier Troop Four

M.W. Thompson Troop Five

Larry Walker BPS Representative

Michael Still STP Representative

D. A. McMurry Troop Six

M.D. Tomson Troop Seven

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SCTA Welcomes SCHP Basic #91


SCTA Welcomes Newest STP Members


Monument Dedicated to Fallen Troopers


COPS Sponsors Training in Charleston


The Canary Project


SCTA Hosts Christmas Dinner


SCHP Retirees Hold Reunion


NTC Holds Conference in Hilton Head


Highway Dedication to Walter T. Bell


Six Threats to Personal Excellence

D E PA R T M E N T S 4 5 6 7 8 9

Letters to the Editor Executive Director Director Colonel Attorney General Chaplain

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Line of Duty Deaths In Memoriam Legal Assistance Troopers on the Move News Briefs Store Items

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Dear SCTA..... Letters to the Editor Dear South Carolina Troopers Association, Thank you all so much for choosing me as a scholarship recipient. Your generous gift is very much appreciated. Thank you, Kathryn Garren Dear SCTA, Words cannot even begin to express how grateful we are to everyone that has helped us through this difficult time in our lives. After Robert’s accident we saw such an outpouring of support that humbled us all. The prayers, the visits, the phone calls, the texts and the gifts will always be remembered and were all greatly appreciated. I have often gone back through the cards and texts and again realized how blessed we are to have people like you all in our lives. Robert has come a long way since his accident and still has a long road ahead of him but we know that by the Grace of God he will continue to heal each and every day. Again, we want to take this opportunity to say thanks to each and every one of you for your prayers and support. God Bless, Cindy Falls L/Cpl Robert M. Falls, Jr. and family Troop 1

ATTENTION SCTA MEMBERS: South Carolina Trooper is YOUR magazine! If you have news, stories, photographs, awards/achievements, etc. that you would like to share with your fellow SCTA members, please e-mail them to or send to SCTA Office-ATTN: Editor; 4961 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212. Show us the lighter side of your job!

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Message from the Executive Director On March 7th and 8th of this year, the South Carolina Troopers Association, in conjunction with the North Carolina Troopers, co-hosted the Annual

David M. Latimer III

“For far too long we have excluded our DPS brothers and sisters from membership, which needed to change. ”

National Troopers Coalition (NTC) Conference on Hilton Head Island. Troopers from forty-three states attended the NTC Conference to discuss and share information critical to the duties preformed by members of state police and highway patrol agencies. In addition to Attorney General Alan Wilson, we were honored to have Director Smith and Colonel Oliver in attendance as the SCHP Honor Guard and L/Cpl. Mike Looney participated in Opening Ceremonies. The SCTA also hosted the First Annual NTC Foundation “Fallen Trooper Memorial Golf Tournament.” The NTC Foundation provides the families of fallen troopers with $2,500.00 of immediate financial assistance. As a Vice-Chairman of the NTC Executive Board, I can assure you that I was very proud of the men and women that represent our Highway Patrol every day. As many of you know, 2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of the creation of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. During the past twenty years, there have been many changes to the manner in which DPS and its various divisions function. While we may not like all of the changes that have occurred during two decades of transition, we must learn to accept this change and move forward. It is in that same spirit of transition that the SCTA has changed the manner in which it can best serve its membership. As many of you know, the Board of Directors restructured the SCTA ByLaws so as to include membership to all members of DPS. For far too long we have excluded our DPS brothers and sisters from membership, which needed to change. Please join me in both encouraging and welcoming our fellow DPS employees to the SCTA.

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Message from the Director

Leroy Smith

“II recently had the great honor of introducing two new awards, which I believe are long overdue and are integral to a law enforcement organization – the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart awards.” awards.

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It has been an honor to get to know more troopers and retirees in South Carolina as I have canvassed the state these past months. As you know, I come from a long career with the Florida Highway Patrol. I have a deep dedication to law enforcement and understand the commitment and sacrifice it takes to devote yourself to this life. I am continually impressed by the sacrifice and work ethic I see in our men and women in uniform each day – many times under the most adverse and difficult situations. I am most impressed by the close bond that remains among our retirees, families of fallen troopers and those who continue to serve and lead the South Carolina Highway Patrol. To me, this is a testament to the strength of an organization and seamless continuity from the past to the future. We depend on the insights and expertise of those who have gone before us to help establish and guide our paths. This year, the Highway Patrol’s parent agency – SCDPS -- celebrates 20 years of serving the State of South Carolina. I am proud to stand at the helm as we reflect on those 20 years and look ahead to the next 20. While the SC Highway Patrol has been around for more than 80 years, it has played a pivotal role in shaping the Department of Public Safety over the past 20. One of my goals as director of this agency, which has a diverse scope and mission, is to provide cohesiveness to our vision and values. What do we stand for as an agency? And where do we see ourselves 10 and even 20 years from now? I hope to help provide a bridge from our strong past to an even stronger future. I am excited to announce that we have recently adopted a long-term agency vision called Target Zero at SCDPS. This is more than a slogan for us; it is a commitment to the very core of our mission. It is where we are headed as a strong public safety agency focused on saving lives One Day at a Time, One Life at a Time. Target Zero is a challenge – not only to our law enforcement – but to every SCDPS employee to stay focused on our mission in this agency: to save lives. It should be our goal every day to see that no family ever has to suffer the heartbreak of losing someone on our highways. I am challenged – as I hope our employees and stakeholders are – by this vision, but how do we get there? After only a short time in South Carolina, I learned that teamwork is not a theoretical concept -- but a philosophy put into practice every day among our law enforcement – both within this agency and beyond. We learned long ago that our strength lies in our ability to draw on each other’s resources. One recent example of this teamwork in action is the creation of active shooter training here at SCDPS. Newtown, like Columbine and other tragedies that have shaken our nation, caused us – as law enforcement -- to look at our resources and training and ask is there anything we can do to strengthen the safety of our communities and schools. DPS began a uniform active shooter training program this year that will culminate in May. Law enforcement representing every DPS division will be trained in active shooter response so that in the event of an active shooter situation, we can be on the ground quickly to assist our local partners. I am proud of what it took for our Training Unit, working with other state and local agencies, to pull this training model together quickly to meet this need. I am proud of the team we have in place in our law enforcement divisions. Under Col. Oliver, the Highway Patrol has a team-oriented, compassionate and forward thinking leader. Col. Oliver not only understands the human side of law enforcement but he understands the technical side of issues such as connectivity in our vehicles and how that enhances response time and officer safety. (continued on page 11)

Message from the Colonel

Mike Oliver

“Simply doing something ‘because that’s the way it’s always been done’ isn’t my style of leadership.”

I recently had the honor of recognizing a courageous and committed group of men at our Trooper of the Year ceremony as well as the recipients of the first-ever Purple Heart and Medal of Valor Awards. Some were recognized for heroism, others for a day-to-day solid commitment to duty, uncompromising standards and hard work. The courage of all of these recipients represents why I am so humbled to lead this great organization. Over the past year since I became colonel, we have accomplished a great deal as a division and as a department as a whole. I am fortunate to have a strong leadership team in place to help us accomplish initiatives that will leave a lasting imprint on this agency and the public we serve. Combined with the usual budget and legislative priorities that are pressing this time of year, we are preparing for an active spring season and summer ahead. This year, we have moved the annual Service of Remembrance from fall to a spring memorial event. Last summer, we dedicated the memorial wall to our fallen heroes and placed it on our grounds as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices of those who gave their lives serving our state. The Highway Patrol is moving in a positive direction, establishing programs that are allowing us to make our mark as the leader in the nation on safety and enforcement issues. Director Smith and I continue to place high priority on securing the funding needed to continue to recruit and train the best to complement our ranks. As always, I appreciate the director’s common vision, strong leadership and day to day support. We have spent a great deal of time at the Legislature since January, focusing our priorities on manpower, wireless connectivity and vehicles. I believe one of the greatest challenges we face in law enforcement is to continue to recruit and adequately compensate our men and women in uniform. Not only do we want to attract the best, we want to keep the best. And that means remaining competitive with other law enforcement agencies in terms of training, equipment and salaries. Beginning late last year, and into the beginning of 2013, I travelled around the state meeting with every SCHP employee – both uniform and civilian. This was a significant commitment of time, but I did this for one reason. I want every Highway Patrol employee to understand my vision and the director’s vision for this agency. Further, I want each employee to know that they have a forum and a chance to ask questions of their leaders. While it was not that long ago that I was in a Troop, I want to stay close to the men and women I serve and truly understand today’s challenges and needs. I think we all learned a lot from each other through the course of those meetings, and I can assure you they will continue. The same can be said for the retiree breakfasts and the meetings with our families of fallen troopers. This time spent together is important because I hear the praise, the constructive criticism, the suggestions and ultimately, I make many decisions taking this collective wisdom into account. Simply doing something ‘because that’s the way it’s always been done’ isn’t my style of leadership. While I think there are certain standards and traditions that set us apart, I believe there are areas where we do not have to be as rigid or where we would be better served to explore different avenues. There are two recent changes that Director Smith and I have worked to make in the area of weaponry. (continued on page 11) 7 South Carolina Trooper


Alan Wilson

“As a Trooper, you are well aware of the many criminal activities that can arise in connection with illegal immigration, such as drugs, human trafficking, prostitution and violent gang activity.”

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In 2011, the South Carolina General Assembly gave law enforcement officials a powerful new tool by enacting the Illegal Immigration Reform Act. Additionally, several states, including Alabama and Arizona, have passed tough laws to address immigration problems. These laws have received much national attention for their common sense approach. Among other things, South Carolina’s new law allows authorities to ask for immigration papers if they suspect someone of being in the country illegally. Section 6(A) of Act 69 mandates that a state or local law enforcement officer who lawfully stops a person for a criminal offense and has a “reasonable suspicion” that “the person is unlawfully present in the United States” make a “reasonable effort” to determine that person’s immigration status. The federal government challenged several provisions of South Carolina’s law, and a federal judge in Charleston blocked them from taking effect, including the traffic stop provision. Then last June, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on Arizona’s immigration law. It unanimously concluded that the provision which allows law enforcement to check the legal status of persons arrested could be implemented immediately. This Arizona provision is very similar to the provision in our state’s law. Thus last fall, the federal judge lifted his injunction on Section 6(A), allowing South Carolina’s traffic stop provision to go into effect. The Attorney General’s Office is appealing to lift the rest of the federal court’s injunction. The three additional enjoined provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform Act, such as making it a crime to transport and harbor illegal immigrants, or to possess or use counterfeit identification for proof of lawful presence, could also be utilized if our appeal is successful. As a Trooper, you are well aware of the many criminal activities that can arise in connection with illegal immigration, such as drugs, human trafficking, prostitution and violent gang activity. Because these immigrants chose to bypass the legally prescribed method for entering the U.S., there was no chance to screen them for a criminal background in their home country. This new law provides South Carolina Troopers and local law enforcement officers with a powerful tool to keep our communities safe. It is natural for questions to arise when a new law takes effect. If you have questions, I urge you to talk with your association’s legal counsel, or to contact the Attorney General’s Office. America is a nation of laws, and our citizens and public servants alike must work together to protect the rule of law. It is also important that we, law enforcement and prosecutors, use this new tool wisely and make certain we always operate within the parameters provided by the constitutions of United States and the State of South Carolina. By doing so, we will be more effective in protecting our state’s citizens while also upholding the principles that guide our actions.

Message from the Chaplain Rosebushes and weeds My first assignment on the Highway Patrol was Lancaster County. After serving there for six years, I transferred back home to Lexington. A year later, I built a house and planted a few shrubs. One of those plants was a rosebush. Everything I planted eventually died, except the rose bush. I trimmed it down to the ground one year and thought I had killed it. It came back and produced beautiful flowers ever since. That leads me to a perplexing chapter in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is quoted over and again in chapter four about seeds being planted and how they are able to grow without the help of people. He even mentions how the smallest of seeds can grow a plant large enough for birds to nest in. What’s His point?

Richard I. Coleman (RET) SCTA Chaplain

“ Those were the words that came out of my mouth, but that was not what I said!”

To complicate things even more, right in the middle of these stories about seeds, Jesus says, “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you – and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Mark 4: 24-25 (NIV) I believe Jesus’ point is simple yet vital to a Christian. Once a person accepts God’s word (the seed, which is Jesus), that person becomes the seed. As the seed, you have Jesus in your DNA and you have the capability of growing to great heights. God will provide the sun and rain; you provide the desire to grow and be the best plant in the garden. Watch out for the weeds! Laziness, unethical conduct, poor performance, and bad attitudes can stunt your growth. If you hang out with weeds, they will take your nourishment. Remember, “with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Mark 4: 24 (NIV) The more you depend on God, the more He will bless and strengthen you. As I look out of my dining room window at my 24 year old rosebush, I can see weeds starting to pop their ugly little heads above the ground. I am determined to pull the weeds quickly before they become firmly rooted. I hope you do the same! “If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4: 23 (NIV)

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The South Carolina Troopers Association dedicates this page to our fellow State Troopers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of South Carolina. May their memories live on forever.

2010 D.K. Cusack (Lancaster)

1974 B.W. Strickland (Lexington)

2009 J.S. Nash (ACE Team)

1973 F.H. Anthony (Greenville)

2008 J.D. Haynes (Orangeburg)

1972 R.O. Caffey (Orangeburg)

2005 J.W. Parker (Sumter)

1970 J.A. Traylor (Sumter)

2002 K.J. Johnson (Berkeley)

1970 A.A. Thomason (Sumter)

2002 M.J. Rao (ACE Team)

1969 R.V. Woods (Beaufort)

2000 E.F. Nicholson (Greenville)

1966 M.C. Steele (Chesterfield)

2000 D.T. Bailey (Greenville)

1961 J.R. Riddle (Clarendon)

1998 J. Ham Jr. (Darlington)

1959 H.C. Yonce (Greenwood)

1997 F.L. Lingard (Orangeburg)

1958 H.B. Ray (Orangeburg)

1996 R.S. Hewitt (Florence)

1956 A.R. Carter (Williamsburg)

1995 M.A. Chappell (Clarendon)

1950 A.T. Sealy (Greenville)

1994 R.L. Hester (Anderson)

1942 N. Nettles (Spartanburg)

1992 M.H. Coates (ACE Team)

1941 J.P. Monroe (Florence)

1992 H.M. Godbold (Kershaw)

1941 G.G. Broome (Jasper)

1991 D.H. O’Brien (Beaufort)

1940 H.M. Smith (Chesterfield)

1991 M.L. Titus (Bamberg)

1939 W. Bell (Lancaster)

1989 H.M. Coker Jr. (Fairfield)

1938 L.L. Rhodes (Darlington)

1988 G.T. Radford (Dillon)

1937 K.E. McNeill (Darlington)

1987 R.P. Perry Jr. (Williamsburg)

1935 E. Hennecy (Florence)

1985 B.K. Smalls (Jasper)

1934 E.D. Milam (Greenville)

1983 J.R. Clinton (Chester)

1934 H.M. Reeves (Richland)

1981 D.L. Alverson (Orangeburg)

1933 J.D. Cunningham (Spartanburg)

1979 R.A. Mobley (Florence)

1932 W.P. Lancaster (Lee)

1979 W.E. Peeples (Colleton)

1931 R. W. McCracken (Chester)

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(Director’s Column, continued from page 6)

It is important to me as a leader to develop talent, focus on succession planning and bolster the morale of our committed employees. The importance of morale cannot be emphasized enough. If a person feels connected to an organization and valued, I believe they are more likely to plant roots, cultivate a solid work ethic and commit to a long-term career with that organization. As leaders, however, we must continue to look for ways to ensure our employees’ sacrifices and dedication are recognized and rewarded. One way we do that is through quarterly promotion ceremonies where we recognize employees and say thank you. We must never take the sacrifices of our law enforcement for granted. I recently had the great honor of introducing two new awards, which I believe are long overdue and are integral to a law enforcement organization – the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart awards. We created these awards this Spring to honor our heroes in law enforcement who faced lifethreatening situations in the course of their duties or who were critically wounded in the line of duty. Col. Oliver and I had the honor of bestowing the Medal of Valor on four most deserving recipients. All four of these men faced life-threatening situations that required them to display uncommon courage, lean heavily on their training and make sound decisions to preserve public safety. All of them did this admirably. The Purple Heart was awarded to two troopers whose lives were forever altered by serious motor vehicle collisions in the line of duty. As we go forward in this organization, I want to challenge our men and women to come to work every day with the Target Zero attitude of “I save lives.” For our retirees, I ask you to remember your days of standing where we stand and please continue to support us. We value your insight and partnership. And always, we simply could not do what we do without the unwavering support of community partners and those committed to the mission of our agency such as David Latimer and our supporters within the Troopers Association. Thank you for your continued partnership and for striving with us to create a safer South Carolina. I wish you all a safe and happy summer.

(Colonel’s Column, continued from page 7)

One was with regard to the trigger spring on the Glocks. We have transitioned from the 8 pound New York trigger spring to the 5 pound spring. We began doing that doing that during the 2012 in-service. Our Training Unit has reported to me that we are seeing a significantly lower number of qualifying failures as a result of this as well as improved proficiency. Our Firearms Policy was also revised late last year to allow the use of long rifles by all SCDPS officers who meet certain conditions. In the past, the long rifles had only been used by our specialty units such as the ACERT or ACE units. Officers will have the opportunity to use their own rifles if those meet our armorer’s specifications and then re-qualify each year with the rifle. Even small changes such as allowing troopers a longer optional period for uniforms makes a difference in morale. We made this change last year as well as relaxing the jacket policy. I think it has made our troopers more comfortable and is more in line with the reality of their day to day activity in the field. We have experienced many successes this past year in partnership with our friends at the State Transport Police, Law Enforcement Networks and our Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs…making more than 26,000 DUI arrests last year; breaking records in safety belt use and improving in our national rankings when it comes to DUI deaths. I challenge each of our troopers not to rest on these accomplishments but use them as a springboard to breaking more of those records in 2013. We are off to a great start. Thank you to each of our men and women in uniform, Telecommunications personnel and civilian staff who make the Highway Patrol shine every day. It is an honor to serve with you. .


Peggy W. McDonald who passed away on June 24, 2012.

LT Larry G. Elliott who passed away on December 21, 2012.

Martha T. Altman who passed away on August 24, 2012.

LT Grady Jones, Jr., who passed away on December 23, 2012.

Shirley W. Biggers who passed away on August 9, 2012.

Trannie R. Cockrell who passed away on January 6, 2013.

LT Clarence A. “Shug” Ellis who passed away on November 3, 2012.

CPT Samuel C. Reighley who passed away on March 21, 2013.

SGT John D. Park, Jr., who passed away on December 7, 2012.

L/CPL Paul Ramsing who passed away March 23, 2013.

SGT C.R. Nichols, who passed away on April 11, 2013. 11 South Carolina Trooper

A Shooting or an Accident… Nobody likes to think about it! But, it can happen to any State Trooper at any time. There’s a shooting or a serious accident….someone is hurt…you’re involved.

As an SCTA member, you are not alone! The SCTA is here to protect your rights.

If it happens to you:  

Don’t panic! Calm down and compose yourself. Don’t rush into making a statement.

If you are asked to make a statement, call O’Leary Associates

1-866-521-1078 O’Leary Associates will provide you with an attorney prior to making a statement—either on the scene or wherever needed. Wait until you talk to the SCTA Attorney before making any statements, oral or written. The SCTA is serious about protecting you!

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With the SCTA’s Legal Assistance Benefit… “Do I need Board approval?” NO! “Do I need the general membership’s approval?” NO! “Will personalities be involved in my request” NO!

Under the Legal Assistance Benefit of the SCTA, only three simple questions are asked: 1. Are you an SCTA member in good standing? 2. Were you an SCTA member on the day of the incident? 3. Was the incident within the scope of your official duties as a State Trooper?

As an SCTA member, you have available to you 24-hour, on the scene coverage.

The SCTA is here for you when it counts!

For Legal Assistance, Contact O’Leary Associates

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SCTA Welcomes Newest Troopers: SCHP Basic #91 On December 20, 2012, the South Carolina Highway Patrol welcomed 36 members to the ranks of South Carolina’s Finest. Opening Remarks for the graduation ceremony were made by SCHP Commander, Colonel M.R. Oliver. SCDPS Director Leroy Smith introduced the keynote speaker, the Honorable Nikki Haley. Upon receiving the Oath of Office, awards were presented. Joseph J. Ragazzo received the Israel Brooks Jr. Physical Fitness Award, named after the late patrolman Israel Brooks, Jr. who passed away in September 2007. Matthew B. Moser

received the Colonel P.F. Thompson Outstanding Achievement Award, awarded to the the trooper who displays the character and dedication symbolic of the late P.F. Thompson, the longest serving Highway Patrol commander. The Captain Dilworth Firearms Award was presented to Gabriel M. Colbert. The TCO trainer for SCHP Basic #91 was Pam Cribb. Administrative staff included Kathy Solkofske, Mona McFarlan and Ashley Engram. Joseph J. Ragazzo, above

Matthew B. Moser

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Gabriel M. Colbert

Congratulations, Basic 91, and welcome to the SCHP Family! Justin B. A ltman Richland

John E. Collins Spartanburg

John N. Lederhaus Richland

Tarah J. Andre Charleston/Berkeley

Adam H. Crouch Lexington

Robert D. Levitt Spartanburg

Christopher G. Bailey Horry

Justin R Diaz. Charleston/Berkeley

Matthew B. Moser Lexington

Brandon J. Bamberg Charleston/Berkeley

Jacob L. Fox Horry

Brian J. Mungo York

Jared B. Beebe Jasper/Beaufort

Thomas G. Fratus Charleston/Berkeley

Carl B. Nelson Anderson

Delvin A. Brown Orangeburg/Calhoun

Justin M. Gardner Aiken/Barnwell

Matthew D. Ocasio Orangeburg/Calhoun

Melissa R. Buck Kershaw/Lee

Dale M. Green Lexington

Sheri A. Pence Dorchester/Colleton

Cynthia M. Burnham Jasper/Beaufort

Edward T. Haden, Jr. Spartanburg

Joseph J. Ragazzo Georgetown/Williamsburg

Matthew J. Butler Aiken/Barnwell

Richard Hampton, Jr. Richland

Matthew P. Schultz York

Thomas R Christofaro Richland

Justin D. Hardwick Beaufort/Jasper

Michael J. Vespe Chesterfield/Lancaster

Charles F. Colbert Horry

David J. Highhouse Greenville

Thomas M. White, Jr. Richland

Gabriel M. Colbert Richland

Joel Hovis Greenville

Paul M. Wilkins Spartanburg

SCDPS Director Leroy Smith addresses SCHP Basic 91

Members of SCHP Basic 91 patiently wait for dinner at the SCTA-sponsored dinner

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SCTA Welcomes Newest State Transport Police Officers The SCTA would like to welcome the nine newest members of the State Transport Police (STP), who graduated from the Criminal Justice Academy on December 14, 2012, after 20 weeks of training. This is the first time that STP and Highway Patrol recruits have trained side-by-side for the majority of their training period. STP is divided into seven statewide districts, and the new officers will be assigned among those districts. STP has 113 officers statewide. “I cannot emphasize enough how important I believe it is that law enforcement begins to see each other as one entity – not just the State Transport Police working with commercial motor vehicles or SCHP investigating collisions or local law enforcement officers handling domestic disputes. The boundaries intersect and crisscross. We must work together to be truly successful,” SCDPS Director Leroy Smith told graduates in a December 14 ceremony.

Welcome, STP Officers! Eric L. Abney Bamberg Russell J. Burgess Charleston Michael D. Darby Charleston Thomas R. Flowers Florence Raymond D. Gayhart Charleston Troy E. Gerstenberg Rock Hill Dennis E. McGirr Rock Hill Justin R. Menor Charleston Zachary A. Millsap Bamberg

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Monument Recognizes Troopers Killed In the Line of Duty By Noelle Phillips Four years ago, S.C. Highway Patrol troopers grandfather she never met. She wished her grandknocked on Angie Haynes’ door. mother, mother and sister were still alive to attend They had come to tell her that Lance Cpl. James the ceremony with her. B. Haynes II, her 38-year-old husband and their col- “To see his name among all these other fallen troopleague, had been killed when his patrol car slid off a ers and to know he was not forgotten would have wet road and hit a telephone pole. He was responding meant so much,” Brandt said. to a wreck on I-26 in Orangeburg County. It was Feb. The plan to build a monument for fallen troopers 1, 2008. had been in the works for years, but fundraising had Since then, the troopers who worked with her hus- been slow. In 2010, Cpl. Bob Beres, a community reband have become a second family, she said. lations officer for Troop 6 in Charleston, heard about “They’ve embraced us so much,” Haynes said. “I the Fallen Trooper Memorial Fund while attending pray for them every night.” the funeral of a retired trooper. On Friday, the Highway Patrol paid its respects to After asking around, Beres worried the memorial Haynes and 49 other fallen troopers during a dedica- would never be built because the money wasn’t comtion ceremony for a new monument outside the S.C. ing in. So he took on the project. Department of Public Safety headquarters in Bly- “I told myself that one of the things I would do bethewood. fore I retired was to get this built,” he said. The first name on the black granite monument beBeres decided to run 100 miles from Summerville longs to Ralph W. McCracken, who died in a motor- to Columbia to raise money and awareness. He startcycle accident on Oct. 13, 1931. The list ends with ed training. Then, in August 2010, he was rear-ended the most recent trooper fatality, Kevin Cusak, who while sitting in his patrol car in traffic on I-26. He was killed in a car crash while on patrol March 27, suffered a back injury that ended his training two 2010, in Lancaster County. months before he was supposed to run. “This monument will be a tangible, permanent reThat’s when other troopers came to the rescue. minder that “Eight othyour trooper er troopers will not be forsaid, ‘We’re gotten and he going to do did not lose your 100 his life in vain,” miles,’” said Col. Mike Beres said. Oliver, the They held Highway Patrol the run in commander. October Nancy Brandt, 2010 at M c C r a c k e n ’s Charleston granddaughter, Southern spoke about University. hearing stories Kevin Smalls photographs his father’s name, Bruce Smalls, during a ceremony at the South Carolina Department They raised and visiting of Public Safety in Blythewood to dedicate a Fallen Trooper Memorial for state troopers that have died in the $35,000 in the grave of the line of duty. Kevin was two when his father was killed and is attempting to become a state trooper himself. one day. PHOTO BY JEFF BLAKE

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Haynes, the widow, took her two sons out of school for the day to participate and get to know the men who worked with their father. “It made me stick my chest out because we were part of it when everything got started,” she said. The Haynes family lived in Blythewood before the accident. Afterward, Angie Haynes moved home to Florence, where she had family support in caring for her sons. The memorial helps the family cope with their loss even though events can bring up tough memories, especially for Haynes’ youngest son, Chandler, 10. During Friday’s ceremony, he often buried his face in

his hands. His older brother, James Haynes III, 13, sat upright following along as a trooper read the names of the dead. “It’s a healing process for them to be able to come out and look at this and learn how important their father was to the community,” said Willie Entzminger, who was friends with James Haynes II and remains close to the family. Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307. This article originally appeared in “The State” newspaper and has been reprinted with permission.

C.O.P.S. Sponsors “Traumas of Law Enforcement” Beverly Coates, President Carolina Concerns of Police Survivors

Appropriate response to line of duty death, stress on the job, police suicide, and disability were among the topics presented at the “Traumas of Law Enforcement” training held in North Charleston, South Carolina, January 7-9, 2013. Sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors, seven of these training events will be held in the next three months throughout the United States to assist law enforcement officers in dealing with issues they may confront in their profession. Participating in the North Charleston three day 21-hour training were 73 officers and law enforcement chaplains from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Our state chapter, Carolina Concerns of Police Survivors, was co-sponsor of the South Carolina training event. Presenting the segment on line of duty death issues and survivor benefits was Mrs. Shirley Gibson, surviving mother of Washington, DC Metro Police Officer Brian Gibson, EOW 2-5-1997, who is Immediate Past President of Concerns of Police Survivors. Following her presentation, the group heard a panel of survivors tell their stories regarding the death of their officer, their department’s response, and the impact of the death on their family.

Participants on the panel were: Sal and Lois Rao, surviving parents of SCHP Sr. Trooper Michael Rao, EOW 6-12-2002; Beverly Coates, surviving mother of SCHP Trooper Mark Coates, EOW 11-20-1992; Linda Pope, surviving wife of Cincinnati, Ohio Officer Daniel Pope, EOW 12-16-1997 (Linda now lives in Beaufort, SC); and Doug Wright, surviving co-worker and father-in-law of Summerville Patrolman William Bell, EOW 11-19-2002. Other presenters were: “Effects of Stress and Trauma on Law Enforcement Officers,” by Dr. Dennis L. Conway, Ph.D. L.P., retired Sgt. St. Paul, MN Police Department; “Police Suicide” by Robert E. Douglas, Executive Director, National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation; and “Traumatized/Injured Officer Issues” by Michael and Carrie Kralicek. Michael was serving with the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Police Department when he was severely and permanently injured in a shooting incident. In its eighteenth year, “The Traumas of Law Enforcement” has been said to be “the best training I have taken in my entire law enforcement career” by many who have attended. This training has been presented to over 10,000 individuals from the law enforcement community.

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The Canary Project: Curbing Distracted Driving and Saving Lives by Todd R. Vick There was a novel written in 1947 by George Orwell called 1984. The novel depicted a futuristic world where technology allowed “Big Brother” to watch people at home, at work, and to track their movements. Fast forward to 2013, and Orwell would likely be amazed at the prophetic accuracy of his book. Big Brother notwithstanding, a new iPhone and Android app called Canary allows parents to monitor their teens’ texting and driving activities. Like the historic canary in a coal mine, Canary raises an alarm to parents and sends them immediate alerts when their teens are texting, talking on the phone or using social media while on the road. The app is just one component of The Canary Project, a nonprofit initiative to save lives by reducing distracted driving, especially among teens. Both Canary and The Canary Project were recently launched by 52apps, a cutting edge software development partnership located at the University of South Carolina. Their mission is to develop one high quality application each week of the year. Users can participate in Idea Day events sponsored by the company, and can receive royalties if their proposed app is sold. Surprisingly, the team at 52apps consists of only five computer scientists: three seasoned entrepreneurs, one graphic designer, and one mechanical engineer. Co-founder Christopher Thibault, a Lexington, South Carolina resident and Mechanical Engineering student, is an accomplished engineer who has developed several commercially successful products for various companies. According to Thibault, Canary is the first product of its kind to be approved by Apple. “We have ‘cracked the nut’ with this type of app approval, where companies like AT&T have fallen short.” 20 South Carolina Trooper

A New Road Hazard The smart phone technology available today has given rise to a new road hazard. Texting and driving, also known as distracted driving, is responsible for an increase in accidents and even fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes rose from 3,267 in 2010 to 3,331 in 2011 (Dec. 2012). The National Safety Council reported that an estimated 24 percent of auto accidents in 2010 — or 1.2 million crashes — involved drivers who were texting or talking on cell phones. In Lexington, South Carolina, distracted driving may be related to many local fender-benders, according to Lt. Matt Davis of the Town of Lexington Police. “It’s harder to track, because very rarely does anyone admit to texting while driving. But we all know it happens, of course.” Collaborating with partners who share a passion for safe driving and saving lives, The Canary Project supports existing driver safety programs and creates educational and awareness resources that will help prevent texting and driving and create safer roads. Canary sends the subscriber alerts about a driver’s smartphone use on the road. Popular with parents of teen drivers, it detects texting, talking, emailing, use of social media and even speeding. Canary also tells parents when a child meets or violates a curfew, or travels into areas set as “off limits” or beyond areas set as “safe.” Not just for teens, the app is a sobering awareness tool for drivers of all ages. Setting Limits Launched in December 2012, Canary also includes a feature called GEOFence. “Say your teen

is forbidden to go to Five Points in Columbia for example,” Thibault explains. “Parents can set their GEOFence for that area and as soon as their teen enters, Canary notifies them immediately.” Parents can also monitor their teen’s coming and going from school by creating a GEOFence and a time limit, such as 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If the teen leaves school early, Canary immediately notifies the parents, who can intervene if necessary. Another powerful feature is the app’s ability to track speeding. For parents of teens with a lead foot, Canary notifies them anytime the teen exceeds pre-set speed parameters. “We have effectively ‘killed’ teen privacy,” says Thibault. “Teens hate us, but parents like it.” “We essentially made Canary track the things we wouldn’t have wanted our moms to know about,” says Brendan Lee, co-founder of 52apps and co-developer of Canary. Adult Drivers: Set the Example To be fair, teens aren’t the only ones guilty of distracted driving. According to State Farm Insurance, 23 percent of teen drivers read, and 14 percent respond to text messages “frequently” or “sometimes” while driving. These figures are significantly higher for adults, of which 47 percent read, and 31 percent responded to text messages while driving. Furthermore, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s January 2013 report asserted that more than half (61 percent) of young drivers (ages 16-24) read a text message or email message while driving during the month prior to responding to a traffic safety survey, and more than one-in-four (26 percent) reported checking or updating social media while driving. No matter what the cause, motor vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of death among American teens and adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Col. Oliver, S/TPRabout Fox and Directordriving Smith is at Raising awareness distracted the heart of The Canary Project, says CEO Jani Spede.

“We want to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. Parents are in denial about their teens’ driving [habits]. And many parents aren’t setting the greatest examples, because they drive distracted themselves. Canary provides a virtual report card on any driver in the family. It gives family members a way to help each other focus on safer driving and saving lives.” Affordable Accountability Until recently, the cost of Canary was $9.99 per month for up to 10 smartphone lines. Spede excitedly reports that the new price is a one-time cost of $9.99 if the app is purchased during the seven day free trial. After the trial, the lifetime cost is $14.99. “We must rewire people to value saving lives more than sending that quick text, Facebook post, tweet or email that they think they can safely manage while driving. They can’t. Distracted driving is beyond an epidemic. Our new price makes it easier for more families, and even corporations that have employees on the road, to end distracted driving.” The project and the app are being met with great enthusiasm. Jeanne Brown is a well-known crusader against distracted driving who lost her 17-year-old daughter in a crash that involved texting and driving. “I love that this app helps parents proactively protect teens,” she says. “Canary will make a big difference in preventing distracted driving tragedies like the one in which we lost our daughter, Alex.” “With Canary, I am seeing less and less infractions being committed,” said user Claudia Smiley, mother of a teen driver. “This app is an amazing tool in keeping our teens safe. Love it, love it, love it!” ▲▲▲ Learn more at The 52apps team creates a new app every Friday. Follow their progress at Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Lexington Life magazine, and has been reprinted with permission.

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SCTA Members Get Together to Celebrate Holiday Cheer On December 6, 2012, the SCTA hosted a Christmas Dinner at the SCTA Banquet facility, located directly behind the SCTA Office. The dinner was catered by Little Pigs Catering. A special thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible!

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2012 SCHP Reunion The annual SCHP Reunion was held November 12-14, 2012, at Springmaid Resort in Myrtle Beach. A great time was had by all who attended.

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South Carolina & North Carolina Co-Host National Troopers Coalition Conference The South Carolina Troopers Association, in conjunction with the North Carolina Troopers Association, co-hosted the 2013 Spring National Troopers Coalition March 6-8, 2013, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The conference kicked off with a golf tournament benefitting the Fallen Troopers Foundation. Forty-three states attended, with more than 140 attendees. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made this conference possible!

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Senior Patrolman Walter T. Bell ( EOW February 4, 1939) Remembered by Roadway Dedication On February 4, 2013, a section of US Hwy 521 was dedicated in honor of Senior Patrolman Walter Bell (EOW February 4, 1939). Bell was killed in an automobile accident in Kershaw, South Carolina, when his patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle. He had been assigned to license inspection duty in Lancaster during the day and was returning to Camden when the accident occurred at 7:30 pm. Patrolman Bell was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. ▲▲▲

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6 Threats to Personal Excellence By Charles Remsberg, PoliceOne Senior Correspondent

An affliction renowned trainer Brian Willis calls “Victim Thinking” can undermine your warrior spirit and sabotage your aspirations for peak performance. “An insidious disease is sweep- when we’re there and apply the blank: ‘responsibility’…’fault’… ing North America and tak- strategies for getting out.” ‘problem….’ ing a toll on our profession,” Any of these symptoms sound “You’re the opposite of the Trainer Brian Willis warns. familiar? person who has no connection It undermines the warrior spir1.) Rearview Living — “You with the original problem but it and sabotages aspirations for spend a lot of time looking in still says, ‘I’ll fix it and make it peak performance. It’s endemic in the rear-view mirror of your right.’ You find blame rather than many departments, and lurks as a life, reflecting on ‘the good old solutions.” constant threat to every officer. days,’ when things were simpler, 3.) Chronic Bitching — “Cops This affliction is called Victim there was less paperwork, fewer hate two things,” Willis wryly Thinking. cameras, less bureaucracy,” Willis observes. Signs of Victim Thinking explains. “Change and the way things In his popular are. And some presentations on c o m p l a i n The Pursuit of endlessly in “We all experience times of Victim Personal Excelbitch sessions Thinking,” Willis says, “when we lence, Brian Wil— about their feel like a puppet, with someone else lis — honored as bosses, about pulling strings that control us. The ILEETA’s Law their peers, about Officer Trainer the city, about key is to identify when we’re there and of the Year in training, about apply the strategies for getting out. 2011 — itemizes budgets, and on both the sympand on. toms and the “When you mental therapy for this crippling “We have selective memories. walk away from all that griping, ailment. A veteran of 25 years We forget the inadequacies of where is your energy at? At a high as a cop in Calgary, Alberta, and those days: revolvers, crummy level...or through the floor? How himself a survivor of past bouts of holsters that you gun fell out of on much positive is ever achieved self-defeating behavior, he knows a foot chase, bullets that wouldn’t from all that grousing?” the subject firsthand — and en- penetrate a suspect’s jacket…. The frequency with which counters it often as he now travels “Think of the technological you use the words “bulls***” throughout the U.S. and Canada, advances that help us today. We and “***hole” will give you a helping officers cultivate a win- need to honor the past and learn thumbnail assessment of how ning mindset in both their person- from it, but not live in it. The badly you’re infected with the al and professional lives. ‘good old days’ are really just the bitching bug, Willis says. 4.) “It won’t work here.” — “We all experience times of old days.” Victim Thinking,” Willis says, 2.) Dwelling in Denial — You Someone makes a suggestion for “when we feel like a puppet, with avoid engagement and initiative. improvement, and you say, “Yeah, someone else pulling strings that Willis says: “Your thinking is, that’s good stuff…but it’ll never control us. The key is to identify ‘It’s not my ________.’ Fill in the work here.” “This is abdicating to 27 South Carolina Trooper

Victim Thinking,” Willis believes. “Some adaptation may be necessary, but the essence of good strategies can work regardless of where you are.” 5.) “I’m just a _____.” — “When you belittle yourself as ‘just’ an officer or ‘just’ something else low on the food chain, you’re convincing yourself that you have no power to do anything,” Willis says. “We all have the capacity to be a leader. Every agency has some people with no rank, no title, and no position who nevertheless are powerful leaders. It’s a matter of what you do and how you carry yourself. In most agencies, 90 per cent of the people are sergeant or below. With the right leaders within those ranks, if they wanted to change things, they could. You have to decide you’re in a position to lead, then do it.” 6.) Lonely Righteousness — You reach the point where you think you’re the only person in your agency who has an accurate fix on how things are and how they ought to be. “You’re always pointing the finger at someone else who’s misdirected,” Willis says. Countering Victim Thinking maximizing your personal abilities requires that you take responsibility for the choices and outcomes in your life, Willis teaches. “The strategy for change is simple but not easy,” he says. “What’s necessary is not complex but it takes an on-going effort, because you will face challenges along the way.” 1.) Imagine Excellence — “First, focus your attention on what excellence looks like and feels like,” Willis says. “Close your eyes and imagine in detail what you can be, can do, can have, and can become. Imagine what that would look like and feel like in your personal life, then shift and imagine it in your professional life. “Do this exercise periodically and ask yourself, ‘If this is what excellence looks like and feels like, where am I in relation to that goal? Do I need to change something to get closer to where I want to be?’ ” 2.) Build a Bridge — If you are hanging on to behaviors, attitudes, memories, or grievances from the past that impede your progress toward a more positive mindset, figuratively “build a bridge and get over it,” Willis says. “Let it go and move on. There will always be things or people in life that suck and that we can’t change, but we can’t allow them to sabotage what we love and need. “As cops, we’re conditioned to look for what’s wrong in the world when we’re on duty, and we often extend this into

our personal life. Without sacrificing our job performance, we need to consciously step back when we can and look for the good in the situations and people around us.” 3.) Commit to New Ways — “Excellence is not a onetime single act but a collection of habits,” Willis explains. “We are what we repeatedly do.” Don’t expect to immediately and wholly transform yourself. “Write down one thing at a time you’d like to change or accomplish and build a habit that reinforces that,” Willis suggests. “Make a commitment to always be better in some way tomorrow than you are today. That opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities. “When you focus on what you can control instead of complaining about what you can’t control, it changes things dramatically.” 4.) Watch Your Environment — Quoting the acclaimed motivational thinker W. Clement Stone, Willis cautions: “Be careful of the environment you choose, for it will shape you. Be careful of the friends you choose, for you will become like them.” In evaluating your environment, identify the five people you spend the most time with and “examine their influence on you,” Willis advises. “In policing, we have a culture that can be very hard on each other. Are the people closest to you energizing and enhancing you, or diminishing you and encouraging mediocrity? To achieve excellence, you must remove yourself from the unacceptable.” 5.) “I get to…” — An attitude that can cause you to miss opportunities is always looking at the obligations and events in your life as things you have to do, Willis says. “Instead of thinking ‘I have to,’ think ‘I get to.’ Just changing that outlook will start to change things for the better.” 6.) Dare to Soar — “What holds a lot of us back is fear—not fear of failure, but fear of success,” Willis says. “We fear that excellence will bring bigger responsibilities, higher expectations, greater accountability, perhaps animosity from some of our peers—all of which may prove true. “To embrace excellence, you must have the courage to soar. When you truly ask yourself what’s holding you back, the honest answer usually is ‘me.’ It takes guts to change from making excuses to making improvement. But remember, the greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we are capable of becoming.”

About the author Charles Remsberg co-founded the original Street Survival Seminar and the Street Survival Newsline, authored three of the best-selling law enforcement training textbooks, and helped produce numerous award-winning training videos. His nearly three decades of work earned him the prestigious O.W. Wilson Award for outstanding contributions to law enforcement and the American Police Hall of Fame Honor Award for distinguished achievement in public service. Pre-order Charles Remsberg’s latest book, Blood Lessons, which takes you inside more than 20 unforgettable confrontations where officers’ lives are on the line.

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TROOPERS ON THE MOVE PROMOTIONS CPT Jerry D. Moore, SCHP Patrol HQ, promoted to Major and transferred to DPS’s (OSAPI) effective 09/02/12.

CPL Craig L. Opperman, Troop 2, Post B-Abbeville/Greenwood promoted to Sergeant effective 03/17/13.

CPT Kenneth D. Phelps, Troop 4 HQ was reassigned to DPS’s OPR Chief effective 03/02/13.

CPL William A. Rouse, Troop 6, Post C-Beaufort/Jasper promoted to Sergeant effective 03/17/13.

F/SGT Bobby J. Albert, Troop 1 Headquarters was promoted to Lieutenant effective 08/17/12.

CPL David E. Whatley, Troop 5, Post B-Florence/Dillon/Marion promoted to Sergeant effective 03/17/13.

F/SGT Anthony J. Chavis, Troop 5 Headquarters was promoted to Lieutenant effective 08/17/12.

CPL Tommie R. Witt, Jr., Troop 3, Post D-Spartanburg promoted to Sergeant effective 03/17/13.

F/SGT Shawna N. Gadsden, Troop 6 HQ promoted to Lieutenant effective 03/17/13.

L/CPL James L. Booker, Patrol HQ, MAIT/Coastal promoted to Corporal effective 03/17/13.

F/SGT Farrell O. Scott, Troop 5, Post D-Horry promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Troop 6 HQ effective 08/17/12.

L/CPL Dirk J. Bron, Jr., Troop 2, Post B-Abbeville/Greenwood promoted to Corporal effective 08/17/12.

F/SGT John T. Manley, Troop 7 promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Troop 6 HQ effective 03/17/13.

L/CPL Amery S. English, Jr., Patrol HQ, ACE Interdiction Lower State promoted to Corporal effective 08/17/12.

F/SGT Ray Sapp, Jr., Troop 4 HQ promoted to Lieutenant effective 03/17/13.

L/CPL John C. Francis, Troop 7, Post B-Calhoun/Orangeburg promoted to Corporal effective 03/17/13.

F/SGT William R. Taylor, Troop 7, Post B-Calhoun/Orangeburg promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Troop 7 HQ effective 08/17/12.

L/CPL Wilson O. Horton, Jr., Patrol 1, Post A-Sumter/Clarendon promoted to Corporal effective 08/17/12.

SGT William L. Herrington, Troop 1 HQ promoted to Lieutenant effective 08/17/12. SGT R. Kelly Hughes, DPS Communications promoted to Lieutenant effective 03/17/13. SGT Thomas J. Lott, Patrol HQ-Office of Information Technology promoted to Lieutenant effective 03/17/13. SGT Michael F. Mars, Troop 1, Post D promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Troop 2 HQ effective 08/17/12. CPL Quincy M. Brown, Troop 6 HQ promoted to Administrative Sergeant effective 08/17/12. CPL Matthew B. Coffin, Patrol HQ, MAIT/Midlands promoted to Sergeant effective 08/17/12. CPL Billy K. Floyd, Jr., Troop 1, Post A-Clarendon/Sumter promoted to First Sergeant effective 03/17/13. CPL Douglas A. Miller, Troop 5, Post A-Darlington/Marlboro promoted to Sergeant effective 03/17/13.

L/CPL John C. Lamb, Troop 1, Post B-Kershaw/Lee promoted to Corporal effective 04/02/13. L/CPL Ricky D. Martin, Troop 1, Post D-Richland promoted to Corporal effective 04/02/13. L/CPL Denver J. Rogers, Troop 6, Post C-Beaufort/Jasper promoted to Corporal effective 04/02/13. L/CPL Michael D. Tomson, Troop 8 HQ promoted to Corporal and transferred to Troop 7 HQ effective 03/17/13. L/CPL Kirk B. Winburn, Troop 4, Post C-Chester/Fairfield promoted to Corporal effective 03/17/13. S/TPR Mark R. Amos, Troop 6, Post B-Colleton/Dorchester promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12. S/TRP Chad E. Barnett, Troop 1, Post D-Richland promoted to Lance Corporal effective 05/17/12. S/TPR Bradley D. Dowis, Patrol HQ, ACE Interdiction Upstate promoted to Corporal effective 08/17/12.

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S/TPR Phillip E. Ellis, Troop 1, Post D-Richland promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12.

to DPS Immigration Enforcement Unit effective 06/02/12.


S/TPR David L. Foisy, Jr., Troop 7, Post C-Aiken promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12.

F/SGT James L. Sinkler, Troop 1, Post A-Clarendon/Sumter retired effective 12/31/12.

S/TRP Curtis E. Graham, Jr., Troop 5, Post C-Georgetown/ Williamsburg promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12.

SGT Melonie A. Anderson, Troop 7 HQ retired effective 12/31/12.

S/TRP William C. Harman, Troop 5, Post D-Horry promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12. S/TRP Joshua C. Lusk, Troop 2, Post B-Abbeville/Greenwood promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12. S/TRP Farris W. Marlow, Troop 3, Post C-Greenville promoted to Lance Corporal effective 08/17/12. S/TRP Marty M. McCants, Troop 5, Post B-Dillon/Florence/ Marion promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12.

SGT Tony M. Bell, Troop 7, Post A-Allendale/Bamberg/Hampton retired effective 11/16/12. SGT Nolan S. Hudson, Troop 4, Post C-Chester/Fairfield retired effective 12/31/12. SGT Bryan L. McDougald, Patrol HQ, Community Relations Unit, retired effective 08/20/12. SGT Lonnie C. Plyler, II, Troop 4, Post B-York retired effective 12/31/12. CPL Russell S. Ashe, Patrol HQ MAIT retired effective12/31/12.

S/TRP David M. McKowan, Troop 5, Post D-Horry promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12. S/TRP James G. Miller, Troop 4, Post A-Cherokee/Union promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12. S/TRP James H. Pruitt, II, Troop 3, Post A-Anderson promoted to Lance Corporal effective 08/02/12. S/TRP Nicholas J. Reeder, Troop 6, Post A-Berkeley/Charleston promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12. S/TRP Michael J. Shank, Troop 4, Post B-York promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12. S/TRP Kenneth F. Small, Troop 5, Post B-Georgetown/ Williamsburg promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/12/12. S/TRP Donald W. Turner, Jr., Troop 2, Post B-Greenwood promoted to Lance Corporal effective 07/17/12.

TRANSFERS L/CPL John A. Cardona, Troop 4, Post D-Lancaster transferred to DPS Immigration Enforcement Unit effective 06/02/12. L/CPL Michael S. George, Troop 3, transferred from Post C-Greenville to Post D-Spartanburg effective 08/17/12. L/CPL Mayola L. Taylor, Patrol HQ ACE Motor Team Region V transferred to the State Transport Police effective 07/02/12. S/TRP Roger B. Brock, Jr., Troop 7, Post C-Aiken transferred to DPS Immigration Enforcement Unit effective 06/02/12. S/TRP Justin J. Meeks, Troop 3, Post D-Spartanburg transferred

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CPL Johnny R. Cribb, Jr., Troop 1 Post D-Richland resigned effective 01/24/13. CPL Mark C. Humbert, Troop 6, Post C Beaufort/Jasper retired 12/31/12. CPL David T. Knox, Troop 4, Post C-Chester/Fairfield retired 10/03/12. CPL Everett S. McMahan, Troop 3, Post B-Oconee/Pickens retired effective 09/15/12. CPL Steven E. Sluder, Troop 2, Post C-Edgefield/McCormick/ Saluda retired effective 12/31/12. CPL Eric W. Sox, Troop 7, Post B-Calhoun/Orangeburg resigned effective 12/01/12. CPL Thomas S. Summers, III, Troop 6, Post C-Beaufort/Jasper retired effective 12/31/12. L/CPL Samuel E. Bird, Patrol HQ, ACE Team retired effective 06/01/12. L/CPL Gary R. Carroll, Troop 5, Post A-Darlington retired effective 05/31/12. L/CPL Eric L. Dickard, Troop 3, Post A-Anderson, resigned effective 07/01/12. L/CPL Scot D. Edgeworth, Patrol HQ, Community Relations Unit, retired effective 06/29/12. L/CPL Robert M. Falls, Jr., Troop 1, Post A-Clarendon/Sumter retired effective 12/31/12.


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L/CPL Robert E. Fox, Troop 2, Post A-Laurens/Newbery retired effective 12/16/12. L/CPL John T. Galloway, Troop 2, Post C-Edgefield/McCormick/ Saluda resigned 07/13/12.

S/TPR Justin J. Trotter, Troop 6, Post C-Beaufort/Jasper resigned effective 11/07/12. TFC Brandy J. Rieger, Troop 1, Post A-Clarendon/Sumter resigned 12/20/12. TPR James R. Blaylock, Troop 1, Post C-Lexington resigned effective 03/05/13.

L/CPL Steven C. Garren, Patrol HQ MAIT resigned effective 11/27/12. L/CPL Ellery G. Goodwin, Troop 1, Post D-Richland retired effective 12/15/12.

TPR Stephen J. Byrd, Troop 2, Post C-Edgefield/McCormick/ Saluda resigned effective 11/29/12.

L/CPL John C. Graham, Troop 5, Post D-Horry resigned effective 01/01/13.

TPR Thomas G. Fratus, Troop 6, Post A-Berkeley/Charleston resigned effective 01/28/13.

L/CPL Benji W. Humphries, Troop 2, Post A-Laurens/Newberry resigned effective 06/01/12.

TPR Nathan D. Young, Troop 1, Post C-Lexington resigned effective 11/23/12.

L/CPL Samuel J. Ingram, Troop 5 Post B Dillon/Florence/Marion, Training Coordinator David H. Leiter, Patrol HQ resigned effective 10/16/12. retired 12/31/12. L/CPL James F. Jones, Troop 2, Post B-Abbeville/Greenwood retired effective 12/17/12. L/CPL Clarence M. Laird, Patrol HQ-ACE Team retired effective 12/28/12.

ATCS Nancy B. Cribb Florence TCC retired effective 06/29/12. TCS Carla O. Martin Greenwood TCC and TCO Betty J. Bowles, Spartanburg TCC resigned effective 03/22/13. TCO Joshua P. Cauthen,Blythewood TCC resigned effective 10/12/12.

L/CPL Ronnie D. Manley, Troop 3, Post D-Spartanburg, retired effective 12/31/12.

TCO Anne H. Pitts, Greenville TCC resigned effective 08/23/12.

L/CPL David E. McAlhany, Patrol HQ-SIT retired effective 12/31/12. TCO Rebecca K. Smith, Blythewood TCC resigned effective 01/31/13. L/CPL Gregory A. Miller, Troop 4, Post C-Chester/Fairfield resigned effective 10/05/12.

TCO Joselyn E. Williamson, Greenville TCC resigned 03/29/13.

L/CPL Jack A. Pitts, Troop 3, Post B-Oconee/Pickens retired effective 12/31/12.

L/CPL (temp) Tony M. Bell reappointed to Troop 7, Post C-Aiken/ Barnwell effective 12/2/12.

L/CPL Ronald L. Sanders, Jr., Troop 1, Post A-Sumter/Clarendon retired 06/29/12.

L/CPL (temp) Samuel E. Bird reappointed to Patrol HQ, ACE Team effective 06/17/12.

L/CPL Brandon W. Smith, Troop 5, Post C-Georgetown/ Williamsburg resigned 01/16/13.

L/CPL (temp) Thomas J. Clamp reappointed to Patrol Headquarters Insurance Enforcement effective 06/17/12.

L/CPL Bernard Williams, Troop 5, Post B-Dillon/Florence/ Marion retired 12/31/12.

L/CPL (temp) Scot D. Edgeworth reappointed to Troop 2, Post A-Laurens/Newberry effective 08/17/12.

L/CPL Deborah A. Wilson, Troop 6, Post A-Berkeley/Charleston retired effective 11/15/12.

L/CPL (temp) Robert E. Fox, Troop 2 reappointed to Troop 2 Post A-Laurens/Newberry effective 01/02/13.

S/TPR Christopher L. Bridges, Troop 5, Post D-Horry resigned effective 12/02/12.

L/CPL (temp) Ellery D. Goodwin reappointed to Troop 1, Post D-Richland effective 01/02/13.

S/TPR Kevin M. Caldwell, Troop 1, Post C-Lexington resigned effective 10/31/12.

L/CPL Sean M. Groubert reappointed to Troop 1, Post D-Richland effective 08/02/12.

S/TPR Jonathan A. Revis, Troop 4, Post C-Chester/Fairfield resigned effective 09/21/12.

L/CPL (temp) Nolan S. Hudson reappointed to Troop 4, Post C-Chester/Fairfield effective 02/04/13.


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SCTA Swears in Board Members On January 30, 2013, SCTA President Chris Cooper swore in the following Board Members: Larry Walker, Bureau of Protective Services; Michael Still, State Transport Police; G.D. Rothell, Troop One; Harold Deesee, Retirees.

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APPOINTMENTS (continued from page 31 ) L/CPL Mark C. Humbert reappointed to Troop 6, Post C Beaufort/ Jasper effective 02/04/13. L/CPL Samuel J. Ingram reappointed to Troop 5, Post B-Dillon/ Florence/Marion effective 01/17/13. L/CPL (temp) Clarence M. Laird reappointed to Patrol HQ-ACE Interdiction effective 01/17/13. L/CPL (temp) Ronnie D. Manley reappointed to Troop 3, Post D-Spartanburg effective 02/04/13. L/CPL (temp) Kevin B. Martin reappointed to Patrol HQ-SIT Region IV effective 06/17/12. L/CPL Jordan N. Sinclair reappointed to Troop 2, Post A-Newberry effective 07/02/12. L/CPL Thomas S. Summers, III reappointed to Troop 6, Post

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C-Beaufort/Jasper effective 12/31/12. L/CPL (temp) Bernard Williams reappointed to Patrol HQInsurance Enforcement effective 01/17/13. TCO Aaron R. Canzater appointed to Blythewood TCC effective 04/02/12. TCO Christian O. Coleman appointed to Greenwood TCC effective 07/17/12. TCO Amy D. Kessler appointed to Blythewood TCC effective 05/02/12. TCO Rebecca K. Price appointed to Greenville TCC effective 08/02/12. TCO Joselyn E. Williamson appointed to Patrol HeadquartersGreenville TCC effective 08/2/12.

News Briefs

Congratulations to Trooper & Mrs. Michael Shank (Troop Four-York County on the birth of their daughter, Braylie Sarah, who was born April 26, 2012. Braylie joins big brother, Brandon Michael.

Congratulation to Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Trena Tramel (TCC-Blythewood) whose daughgter, Christianna, graduated early from Irmo High School and started Pre-Nursing at Midlands Technical College on January 14, 2013. Christianna has accomplished many things throughout her academic career, including being a member of the Honor Choir, receiving the prestigious Bronze award from Girl Scouts of America, and the “Bee All You Can Bee� award from the Irmo Civitans.

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Ronald Millhouse, Jr, grandson of TU Millhouse and the late Emily Millhouse, received a full scholarship to play football at for Holy Cross College in Worchester, MA. Ronald graduated from Irmo High School, and is an all-region cornerback who is an honor student and received the Coaches Award from the Irmo High School football program after he helped the Yellow Jackets earn a 2012 region championship. He also runs track for Irmo.

promotion, retirement, transfer, change of address, change of beneficiary for your SCTA life insurance, etc.? If so, please notify the SCTA Office by calling 1.800.633.2236, ext. 10. You may also update your membership information online at or you may send an e-mail directly to Please note that in order to update your beneficiary, you must complete either the online Change of Beneficiary form, or we can mail you the form. Beneficiary changes cannot be made over the telephone.

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