South Carolina Troopers Association • 4961 Broad River Road • Columbia, SC 29212 • www.sctroopers.org
Volume 33, Number 3 Winter
The SCTA Welcomes SCHP Basics 110 & 111
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SCTA Board of Directors
Mark A. Gosnell
CJ Woods IV
M. V. Harris
M. D. Lindsay
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VOLUME 33, NUMBER 3 ● WINTER 2019
12 Remembering Our Heroes: Bruce K. Smalls 15 COPS Parents' Retreat 16 SCTA Annual Picnic/Business Meeting 20 SCHP Welcomes New Troopers 24 SCTA Represented at National Picnic 29 SCTA Foundation
32 Troop Corner: Troop One 34 Troop Corner: Troop Two 40 Troop Corner: Troop Three 42 Troop Corner : Troop Four 44 Page 16
Troop Corner: Troop Five
48 Troop Corner: Troop Six 50 Troop Corner: Troop Seven Page 20
52 Troop Corner: Headquarters 54 Troop Corner: BPS 56 Troop Corner: STP 58 Troop Corner: Retirees
D E PA R T M E N T S 5 6 7 8 9 11 14
Letters to the Editor Executive Director In Memoriam Director Colonel Chaplain Line of Duty Deaths
18 26 30 61 62
Legal Assistance Trooper Promotions & Retirements News Briefs Store Items Sponsor Members
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Dear SCTA..... Letters to the Editor Dear SCTA, We retirees have just finished our reunion and I want to report that we had a great time of fellowship. We spent four days at the Holiday Inn in Surfside Beach and it’s always good to visit with those we worked with for many years. I also want to report that I have finished my tenure as leader of the retiree’s group and have entrusted that role to retired Lt. William J. (Bill) McKinney. I have known Bill for over 30 years and am sure he will do a remarkable job. I stand ready to assist him, if needed, and I encourage each of you to encourage our fellow retirees, dispatchers and oﬃce personnel to attend the reunion. Of course those active members of DPS are also welcome to attend. Our numbers are getting smaller each year, and the group will not last unless we get our numbers up. I have had a great time handling the obligations of the retirees group, and I thank everyone for their help. I have made some good friends that will last forever and I appreciate all of their help. I also wish to thank the Troopers Association and Director Mark Gosnell and Diane Rollison for their assistance in allowing us to use their magazine to help get the word out about our various events. I also appreciate Director Leroy Smith and Colonel Chris Williamson for them always being willing to meet with us and share new things that’s going on in our former organization. Their visits are always enjoyed by our group. Information on the 2020 reunion will be sent out by Bill McKinney after the first of next year and he will continue to send out information during the year about reservations, etc. In the meantime, if you need to contact him, you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely, David Brezeale
SAVE THE DATE
What: 2020 Bass Tournament When: April 5, 2020 Where: Lake Murray Dreher Island State Park For more more informatoin, including rules and registration forms, please visit www.sctroopers.org/Bigbass
AAA MEMBERSHIP FOR SCTA RETIREES The SCTA has finalized the procurement of AAA Motor Club membership for all re red members of the SCTA. This free coverage, which is the same coverage that ac ve troopers receive, is a basic coverage that provides free towing for three miles. For only $30, you can upgrade your coverage, through AAA, to enhance your towing to 100 miles. You will also have the op on to pay AAA to add addi onal family members. If you are already a member of AAA, do not cancel your coverage! When you receive renewal no fica on from AAA, contact Diane Rollison so she can no fy AAA that the associa on will pay the basic coverage and AAA will bill you for any upgraded op ons. Please note that since the Associa on is paying the cost of this new benefit, you must no fy the SCTA Oﬃce if you want this coverage. To ensure enrollment, or if you have any ques ons, please e-mail Diane at dianerollison@sctroopers. org or call the SCTA Oﬃce at 800-633-2236, ext. 10. South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 | 5
Message from the Executive Director The South Carolina Troopers Association’s goal is to provide for a safe, professional and productive work environment for Highway Patrol Troopers and SCDPS oﬃcers alike. Public safety is one of the most critical and challenging issues currently facing our state. And to be successful, the Department of Public Safety requires a workforce that is fully staﬀed, properly equipped, trained, and funded to perform their required duties.
Mark A. Gosnell (RET)
Trooper morale, compensation, staﬃng and eﬀective leadership are not only important issues to our membership but to the citizens of our state; who rely and depend upon the agency to reduce traﬃc collision and fatalities, as well as to fairly and impartially enforce the state’s traﬃc laws The South Carolina Troopers Association looks forward to working with the DPS Director, the General Assembly and the Governor’s Oﬃce in addressing these concerns. Improving public safety and reducing traﬃc fatalities are the association’s goals, and that of the each trooper that serves our great state. In closing the SCTA staﬀ and I would like to extend to our members and their families a safe, wonderful and blessed holiday season. I would also request that we keep the families of our members who passed away this year (see page 7) in our thoughts and prayers during this holiday season.
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The SCTA would like to extend sincere condolences to the friends and family of the following SCTA Members who passed away in 2019: TFC Melvin E. Suddeth who passed away on 1/2/19. CPT Junne R. Jones who passed away on 2/8/19. F/SGT Lemar Cockrell who passed away on 3/4/19. Mrs. Helen W. Lawson who passed away on 4/8/19. TFC Kenneth E. Payne who passed away on 4/14/19. TRP Johnny W. Lynch, Jr. who passed away on 4/20/19. Mrs. Eloise M. Sellers who passed away on 4/27/19. L/CPL Gary Q. Lawson who passed away on 5/21/19. Mr. Franklin D. “Mac” McCarty who passed away on 6/9/19. SGT Richard T. “Rock” Adams who passed away on 6/10/19. PFC William E. Young who passed away on 6/21/19. TFC Jesse Dean Cannon who passed away on 6/22/19. L/CPL Arthur David Cook, Jr. who passed away on 6/24/19. CPL W. Henry Stone, Jr., who passed away on 7/10/19. Mr. Franklin E. Crocker who passed away on 7/18/19. CPL James A. Morris who passed away on 9/30/19. SGT Charley C. McDonald who passed away on 10/11/19. LT Cletus L. Powell who passed away on 10/28/19. Mrs. Carol R. Gossett who passed away on 11/5/19. CPT John C. Garrison who passed away on 11/15/19.
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Message from the Director
As I write this, we are finally enjoying much-anticipated cooler temperatures, an exciting football season, and fall festivals and fairs. And while fall equals football for many people, for troopers, game day” takes on a whole new meaning as you ensure traﬃc runs smoothly and thousands of fans arrive and leave safely each season. Our extra enforcement activities don’t stop with football as the seasons change. Providing traﬃc control at festivals, fairs, and during hurricane season always presents extra challenges as we are forced to shift schedules and priorities, especially when a hurricane is threatening our coast. This year, all of those forces came together on Labor Day weekend. Hurricane season got oﬀ to an active and early start just as we were gearing up for a busy Labor Day travel weekend and Trooper-Every-10 enforcement eﬀorts. Our priorities shifted with the track of Hurricane Dorian and emergency planning took center stage. This change of plans impacted our holiday weekend enforcement plans; planning for the Southern 500 race in Darlington; and college game days. I am so thankful for the teamwork that allowed us to pull together resources swiftly and eﬃciently and, once again, reverse lanes to allow traﬃc to safely evacuate our coast. Fortunately, Hurricane Dorian was short-lived, and the impact on our state was minimal compared to past storms. I want to thank everyone—uniform and civilian alike—for your response and flexibility. Also, as part of our fall activities, we recently inducted seven outstanding law enforcement professionals into the SC Law Enforcement Oﬃcers Hall of Fame for meritorious achievement in law enforcement. The inductees included the Highway Patrol’s own Colonel Philip L. Meek; Lt. Millard N. Cate, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED); Chief Robert M. Stewart, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED); Sheriﬀ David Stone, Pickens County Sheriﬀ’s Oﬃce; Chief Reuben Greenberg, Charleston Police Department; Chief Ralph Porter, Florence Police Department; and G.S. “Bert” Friday, Director, Jail and Prison Inspections Division, SC Department of Corrections. As director and as chair of the SC Law Enforcement Oﬃcers Hall of Fame Advisory Committee, it was a privilege to see some of South Carolina’s law enforcement legends take their place in history through induction into the Hall of Fame. On the highway safety side, I commend our personnel for your eﬀorts this year. We continue to battle vulnerable roadway user deaths, especially in the area of pedestrians and motorcyclists. This fall, our troopers, along with the law enforcement networks, began distributing retroreflective arm bands to pedestrians, emphasizing the “Be Safe. Be Seen” message. We will remain committed to our enforcement eﬀorts, as well as committed to developing and implementing new traﬃc safety programs that are designed to reduce the number of traﬃc collisions, which fatalities, injuries, property damage, and significant economic losses are associated with these collisions. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)
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Message from the Colonel I hope all of our troopers and retirees are doing well as 2019 winds down and we begin to look toward the holidays. At the end of each year, I am amazed at all that has transpired over the course of 12 months. It seems like the common theme in every walk of life now is “busy.” That is true for each of us, too. No matter what your job description is within the Highway Patrol or Department of Public Safety, I have no doubt that you are busy. It is the nature of a large, multi-faceted, statewide operation. Because our plates are full to overflowing at times, we can easily get caught up in the daily routine, looking at our jobs on the micro level. We can forget or even neglect the bigger picture. That is why at the end of the year, I like to reflect on the goals that we established going into the year, study how we fared and begin setting new goals for the coming year.
My command staﬀ hears me speak often about Target Zero highway deaths, and it is a subject that you will hear me continue to reiterate again and again especially in the context of establishing the Highway Patrol’s priorities. I want the prevention of highway deaths to be at the top of our list of priorities. In fact, the National Highway Traﬃc Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released updated fatality numbers for 2019, showing that highway fatalities decreased in 2018 to 36,560 compared to 37,473 people in 2017. Other findings from the 2018 report included reductions in fatalities among children (14 and younger); alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities; speedingrelated fatalities; and motorcyclist fatalities. In sharing these statistics, NHTSA made the point that if we could change driving behaviors in three areas – wearing a safety belt; reducing speed; and not driving impaired – we would see significant improvements. Even as numbers showed overall improvement, the fact that our nation loses 35,000 – 40,000 people each year is staggering. The challenges facing North Dakota, New York or Montana are many of the same challenges we face right here at home. The human toll on families left behind, followed by the economic and social impacts, should motivate and influence the way each of us does our jobs every day. I bring these national numbers to your attention because I believe that when we are focused on our mission, we make better decisions; we work more intentionally; we have influence in our communities and we begin to see change. If you work in Greenville, you may not be able to make a big diﬀerence in Horry, but you certainly make an impact in your Post and Troop. A recent example of this was a fatality reduction eﬀort in Troop Four. As highway deaths began spiking in York and Lancaster counties, the captain stepped in and began working with his major, the Troop Eight commander and the CRO to conduct a strong enforcement and safety education campaign with one goal in mind: eliminating highway deaths in this area. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10) South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 | 9
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Because of our many responsibilities, the changing face of crime, and balancing home and work life, a career in law enforcement can sometimes take a toll in the area of stress and maintaining healthy habits. That is why in the new year, we will once again hold a Health and Wellness workshop devoted to helping our employees live a more balanced life— especially those impacted by the day-to-day realities of a law enforcement career. Last year, we held the first-ever SCDPS Health and Wellness training with Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod, a counselor and therapist based in California, whose career has been devoted to helping law enforcement professionals through critical incidents and also encouraging wellness. We have invited Dr. Penrod back to conduct two weeks of training for us in January and early February of 2020. Troopers and telecommunications personnel have been scheduled to attend one of the four-hour sessions, along with SCDPS Executive Leadership staﬀ. As we close out 2019, I want to remind you that a career in law enforcement is special. It means daily and frequent contact with the public. Each of you have so many opportunities to impact lives, change driving behaviors, and motivate children and adults alike to pursue their dream to wear the uniform. Every citation you write, every collision you investigate, every time you comfort a family member you make a diﬀerence. I want to thank each of you for your passion and commitment to public service and ask you to continue to encourage others to consider a career with Team DPS—whether it is on the civilian or uniform side. I wish you a happy and restful holiday season and hope that you will enjoy your time with family and friends and return refreshed for a new year full of challenges and opportunities.
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Troopers steadily stepped up their presence. Our Motor Units assisted. They saturated the media and social media with news of the eﬀort. The presence of blue lights began to get motorists’ attention and made a drastic diﬀerence in curtailing fatalities and collisions in that area. As we determine our equipment, technology and budget goals each year, we want to continue a pattern of steady progress to help us be responsive to the communities we serve. We must work together to ensure that the South Carolina Highway Patrol is a progressive 21st century police force equipped to take on the challenging task before us to make our roads safer. That means continually evaluating our equipment from our vehicles to our footwear. It means ensuring that technology is working for you – quickly and eﬃciently – so that your time is best spent enforcing the law. I want to encourage you to continue to stay invested in this organization. Your input is vital. You are the ones who wear the body armor, carry the service weapons and drive the patrol vehicles. That is why I appreciate those who are actively participating in our Employee Advisory Committees. You are bringing ideas to the table. You are letting us know what works best and what needs adjustments. Again, this helps us make the best decisions for those with boots on the ground. In closing, I want to say, "Job well done in 2019." Very simply put, your presence on the roads unquestionably saved lives this year. Thank you sincerely for your dedication to a career that is diﬃcult and challenging but rewarding just the same. I want to wish you and your family a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season.
Message from the Chaplain Don’t Forget the Name Completing the paperwork for a collision in the 1980’s consisted of completing an FR-10 (Proof of Insurance form) and your collision notes. You would take the information from these two sources and complete your collision report after your shift. On one occasion, I had four reports to complete before my next shift. My wife was a stay-at -home mom so I asked her to help me. She transcribed the driver and vehicle information on one report while I wrote the narratives and drew the diagrams. We completed them in record time, and I was set to start my shift with all paperwork complete. CPT Richard I. Coleman (RET) SCTA Chaplain
Two days later, I got one of those reports back from the district oﬃce with a note attached. It read, “Richard, it is OK for your wife to fill out your reports, but you still have to sign your name at the bottom!” I was truly embarrassed that I had failed to sign my name on one of the reports. Leaving something of importance out of a report, or even your life, can have embarrassing or even dire consequences. I was watching a Christmas Hallmark movie with my wife. During the movie, a group was singing a traditional Christmas song. When they reached the part of the song that stated, “Christ was born in Bethlehem,” they skipped over it and continued with the next line of the song. I realized that the directors of the movie wanted the “feel good” elements of the song while leaving Jesus out of it. Jesus is the reason for the season. He is the one that is able to bring joy and peace into a family and an individual’s heart. Don’t leave out the important things!
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Remembering Our Heroes Bruce Kenneth Smalls EOW September 27, 1985 Trooper First Class Bruce Kenneth Smalls was born in Savannah, Georgia, but was raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, in the small community of Grays Hill. As a young boy, Trooper Smalls always admired the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and he would often tell his mother he would be a Trooper one day. After high school, Smalls went on to serve our country by joining the United States Army. He was a part of the 502nd Military Police Company “Hell on Wheels,” which was the beginning of his law enforcement career. Smalls excelled in the Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant and serving a tour in Vietnam. After four years of active duty, he returned home to Beaufort where he served in the Army National Guard before being hired by the South Carolina Highway Patrol as a Telecommunication Operator (TCO). Smalls was a great TCO, and he quickly became one of the top TCO's.
Smalls was the Secretary of the Beaufort Elementary PTO, Vice-President of the Grays Hill Community Center, Sunday School teacher for Grays Hill New Church of Christ, member of M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge, and a graduate of The Technical College of the Lowcountry. Smalls was also known for his acts of kindness and willingness to help others.
proud to be a part of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Sadly, on September 27, 1985, the life he greatly enjoyed came to a tragic end. When he passed, it was as if time stood still. His family, coworkers, friends and the state of South Carolina were in total disbelief. Smalls not only left behind his wife but also his two sons, Bruce Jr. and Kevin. Kevin, who is currently a Lieutenant with the Colleton County Sheriﬀ’s Oﬃce, decided to continue the legacy of his father.
One of Smalls' favorite hobbies was maintaining his yard. He maintained his yard so well that it was recognized by the Beaufort Gazette newspaper. He also kept The South Carolina Highway his patrol car clean, shoes shined, Patrol celebrates the legacy of and uniform pressed. He was so Smalls, along with other fallen
Shortly after coming to work for the Highway Patrol, Smalls married the late Margaret Marie Hazel. After working two years as a TCO, he pursued his dream of becoming a South Carolina Highway Patrolman. He was hired and his first assignment was Kingstree. After a few years, he was assigned to Beaufort/Jasper where he truly served his community. 12 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
troopers, every year at a memorial service. The Technical College of the Lowcountry celebrates Smalls’ legacy by awarding the student with the highest GPA in the Criminal Justice program with the Trooper First Class B.K. Smalls Award. The college also dedicated the Criminal Justice Fitness Center in honor of Smalls, Beaufort County renamed a highway in his community after him, and the church he attended named the church Fellowship Hall in his memory. After 34 years, we remember this great Trooper, husband, father, son, brother, friend, and peacemaker for his great works on Earth. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9 By Kevin Smalls, son of Bruce Smalls
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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. 2017
D.K. Rebman, Jr. (Greenville)
W.E. Peeples (Colleton)
D.K. Cusack (Lancaster)
B.W. Strickland (Lexington)
J.S. Nash (ACE Team)
F.H. Anthony (Greenville)
J.D. Haynes (Orangeburg)
R.O. Caffey (Orangeburg)
J.W. Parker (Sumter)
J.A. Traylor (Sumter)
K.J. Johnson (Berkeley)
A.A. Thomason (Sumter)
M.J. Rao (ACE Team)
R.V. Woods (Beaufort)
E.F. Nicholson (Greenville)
M.C. Steele (Chesterfield)
D.T. Bailey (Greenville)
J.R. Riddle (Clarendon)
J. Ham Jr. (Darlington)
H.C. Yonce (Greenwood)
F.L. Lingard (Orangeburg)
H.B. Ray (Orangeburg)
R.S. Hewitt (Florence)
A.R. Carter (Williamsburg)
M.A. Chappell (Clarendon)
A.T. Sealy (Greenville)
R.L. Hester (Anderson)
N. Nettles (Spartanburg)
M.H. Coates (ACE Team)
J.P. Monroe (Florence)
H.M. Godbold (Kershaw)
G.G. Broome (Jasper)
D.H. Oâ€™Brien (Beaufort)
H.M. Smith (Chesterfield)
M.L. Titus (Bamberg)
W. Bell (Lancaster)
H.M. Coker Jr. (Fairfield)
L.L. Rhodes (Darlington)
G.T. Radford (Dillon)
K.E. McNeill (Darlington)
R.P. Perry Jr. (Williamsburg)
E. Hennecy (Florence)
B.K. Smalls (Jasper)
E.D. Milam (Greenville)
J.R. Clinton (Chester)
H.M. Reeves (Richland)
D.L. Alverson (Orangeburg)
J.D. Cunningham (Spartanburg)
R.A. Mobley (Florence)
W.P. Lancaster (Lee)
R. W. McCracken (Chester)
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2019 COPS Parents' Retreat COPS Parents’ Retreat is sponsored by National Concerns of Police Survivors and is held at the 4H Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. This year, approximately 200 parents of law enforcement oﬃcers killed in the line of duty from across the United States attended including the following representatives from South Carolina: •
Tess Rebman, surviving mother of SCHP Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, EOW October 24, 2017
Mike & Melita Whitfield, surviving parents of Greenville County Sheriﬀ’s Oﬃce Deputy Marcus Whitfield, EOW August 13, 1999
Katie Godwin, surviving mother of Florence County Sheriﬀ’s Oﬃce Investigator Farah Turner, EOW October 22, 2018
Carrell Cockfield, Katie Godwin’s fiancé
Sal & Lois Rao, surviving parents of SCHP Senior Trooper Michael J. Rao, ACE Team, EOW June 12, 2002
Victoria’s Country Cookin’ “Just Like Eating at Mom’s Table” rd 1102 3 Avenue South Myrtle Beach, SC
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2019 SCTA PICNIC/ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING The SCTA's annual picnic/business meeting was held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park in Myrtle Beach. Approximately 120 SCTA members and their families attended and enjoyed a fun day of fellowship. This event could not have been possible without the gracious support of the SCTA's corporate sponsors. We would like to say “THANK YOU” to each and every one of them. Burroughs & Chapin- Myrtle Beach, SC Grand Prix Family Race Park-Myrtle Beach, SC The Snak Shak- Myrtle Beach, SC TRACS Consulting-West Columbia, SC Tony Hendrick-Conway, SC Famous Hamburger Joe’s-Surfside Beach, SC DeFalco Automotive & Towing-Surfside Beach, SC American Income Life-Jacksonville, FL Small Town Metal/Laser-Galivants Ferry, SC
SCTA President Brad Dewi & friends
LT Travis Riddle and sons
Sharon & Ed Walker
Hugh & Catherine Coleman (Grandchildren of CPT Richard & Loraine Coleman)
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Broadway Grand Prix is a proud supporter of the South Carolina Troopers Association.
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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.
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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.
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SCTA Welcomes SCHP Basic #110 & #111 On November 22, 2019, SCDPS held graduation ceremonies for 40 troopers from Highway Patrol Basic Classes 110 and 111, bringing the total number of troopers in South Carolina to 805 (including the newest graduates and 39 in training). Seven of the recent graduates are priorcertified oﬃcers. University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen was the keynote speaker. “It is an honor and a privilege to recognize these individuals as they begin their careers as oﬃcers of the South Carolina Highway Patrol,” Caslen said. “There is no higher calling than public service, and our community stands in appreciation of their sacrifice and dedication.” “You represent cities and towns from around our great state and beyond,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “You bring new ideas, new promises, and new enthusiasm to an institution steeped in tradition but constantly evolving to meet a changing world.” SCHP Colonel Chris Williamson reminded graduates that their oath of oﬃce represents a noble and challenging undertaking that not everyone is equipped to take. “The words you will recite are a reminder that law enforcement holds the public trust,” Williamson said. “We act with the authority aﬀorded us by the people we have pledged to serve and protect.” Special awards from Basic classes 110 and 111 included the Colonel P.F. Thompson Outstanding Achievement Award, which is awarded to the trooper who displays the character and dedication symbolic of former Highway Patrol Colonel P.F. Thompson, the longest serving Patrol commander. The recipients of this award were Jason T. Toler (#110) and Ian W. Hughes(#111). Jason C. Nichols (#110) and Jeﬀrey W. Griﬀeth (# 111) received the Captain Cecil Dilworth Marksmanship Award which is presented to the trooper who demonstrated the best marksmanship during firearms training. The Major Israel Brooks Jr. Physical Fitness Award, which is presented to the trooper who excelled on the physical training test each day during the early morning exercises, was awarded to Adam J. Gordy (Basic 110) and Derald W. Black (Basic 111). Additional photos on page 22 20 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
SCHP Basic 110 & 111 Graduates Basic 110 Trent A. Avin Troop 5 / Post B
Chase R. Cornell Troop 4 / Post C
Christopher H. McIntyre Troop 4 / Post A
Luke MJ Shebuski Troop 1 / Post D
Giovanni M. Baker Troop 4 / Post A
Anthony D. Crosby Troop 3 / Post D
Aus n T. Melton Troop 5 / Post D
Tyler U. Sheehan Troop 1 / Post C
John P. Ba sta Troop 1 / Post A
Andrew L. Derrick Troop 7 Post C
Jason C. Nichols Troop 1 / Post D
Jason T. Toler Troop 4 Post D
Tanner M. Begin Troop 6 / Post B
Cody R. Duﬃe Troop 4 / Post A
Trinity J. Odoms Troop 7 / Post B
Tyler L. Williams Troop 1 / Post D
Elizabeth M. Bozard Troop 7 / Post A
Casey S. Elrod Troop 3 / Post A
David J. Padge Troop 2 / Post A
Joseph M. Wynne Troop 1 Post A
Jacob P. Bozard Troop 3 /Post D
Michael L. Floravito II Troop 4 / Post B
Zachariah L. Parham Troop 7 / Post B
Andrew B. Burne e Troop 1 Post D
Adam J. Gordy Troop 6 / Post C
Christopher R. Colberg Troop 3 / Post C
Jameson A. Lawrence Troop 5 / Post D
Basic 111 Derald W. Black Troop 3 / Post D
Ches W. McCall Troop 2 / Post B
Michael R. Campos Troop 1 / Post D
Andrew T. McDaniel Troop 7 / Post C
Lucius H. Greene Troop 4 / Post A
Benjamin L. Minor Troop 2 / Post C
Jeﬀrey W. Griﬀeth Troop 3 / Post C
Nicholas S. Muns Troop 1 / Post A
Ian W. Hughes Troop 3 / Post D
Tyler L. Rogers Troop 3 / Post D
Kerby Lejuste Troop 6 / Post A
Kayla A. Windom Troop 1 / Post A
Welcome, SCHP Basic #110 and #111 graduates! South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 | 21
SCHP Basic #110 and #111
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Troopers Ascend on Portland, Maine for NTC Picnic CPL Steve Sulligan (Ret) On September 12, 2019, active and retired troopers from around the U.S. ascended on the city of Portland, Maine, for the annual National Troopers Coalition (NTC) picnic hosted by the Maine Troopers Association, The picnic was held in scenic Cape Elizabeth State Park, just in the shadows of one of America’s most picturesque lighthouses, The Portland Headlight. The only requirement for attendance is you must be an active or retired trooper and you must present your law enforcement ID. The NTC represents state troopers nationwide via their individual state trooper associations. The SCTA has been a member of the NTC since our early days as an organization, and the annual picnic is one of the events that allows both active and retired troopers to come together for a day of fellowship, camaraderie, food and fun, and the chance to renew old friendships and make new ones. Plus, if you’re into the trooper flea markets, like patch and coin collecting and trading trooper license plates, this is the place to be since many vendors and trooper organizations set up tents and sell their wares.
service stars, hair color and eye color; there is something there for everybody. Each year diﬀerent Troopers Associations make their bid to host the annual picnic, and as of this writing the 2020 state has not been selected. I was asked by several troopers at the picnic if South Carolina would consider hosting because they’d love to have a reason to come to costal South Carolina. In 2019, under the direction of the Maine Troopers Association and their association president, Cpl Jeremiah Wesbrock, the NTC made this year’s picnic a two- day event. The day before the picnic, the Maine Troopers Association arranged a beautiful sunset cruise on Scenic Casco Bay where about 100 members enjoyed the beautiful sunset along the Maine coast where the Portland Headlight Lighthouse is located. The cruise and the sunset were breathtaking and did not let us down.
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A couple of years ago, the South Carolina Highway Patrol lost an outstanding SCTA member—Lt Don Crain (Ret). Don was a faithful attendee of many picnics and NTC events and was wellrespected among his peers. Don and I often attended the picnics together, and while on the sunset cruise along with other fellow troopers (our NTC circle) we toasted Lt Crain and the many memories he brought with his laughter and storytelling that he was known for at the NTC, as well as within the SCHP family. Since his death, I have become the lone South Carolina Trooper to attend this event in recent years. A beautiful, crisp New England morning greeted more than 600 troopers from as far as California, Louisiana, and Michigan, and many of the east coast states, along with a strong attendance from the New England states, as one would expect. President Wesbrock began the picnic with the opening ceremonies, and the Maine State Police Honor Guard presented the colors and were escorted by the Maine State Police motorcycle unit. Then an annual tradition that we all look forward to—the various state police Pipe and Drum bands marching into the picnic playing those beautiful tunes from the bagpipes and drums.
Especially moving is the playing of Amazing Grace as police oﬃcers from around the country who have died in the line of duty are remembered. This always leaves me with goose bumps. A final performance by the nationally recognized Pipe and Drum units from the New Jersey State Police, along with the Maine State Police Pipe and Drum unit, oﬃcially kicked oﬀ the picnic. I made my way around the various vendors who had set up shop and of course bought a few challenge coins I hadn’t gotten from previous years. Food at the picnic is the main cornerstone, and since we were in Maine, what would a picnic be without fresh Maine lobster? Every attendee received one free, full one-pound lobster, and throughout the day you could purchase other lobsters from anywhere between $5 and $10. The rest of the food, which was all free, consisted of Maine corn on the cob, BBQ, slaw, mussels, and hotdogs. Attendees watched as the lobsters were being prepared for cooking while a
fabulous DJ entertained us and played music all day.
whom I met over 25 years ago at a quarterly NTC meeting and have remained friends over the course of those years, always has a booth at the picnic and trades state trooper license plates. I helped him take down his tent and make our way back to the hotel. This to me is one of the many reasons to be active in your local Trooper association as well as on the national level. Friendships that are created can last a lifetime, and that is what is great about attending one of the picnics.
Throughout the day there are various competitions between the states which, as you can imagine, gets pretty competitive with events such as the weight-lifting and the much-anticipated tug- ofwar contest. The championship round of the tug-of-war contest found the New Hampshire Troopers pitted against the New Jersey Troopers. It was a hardfought battle to the end, but New Jersey came away the winner this year. Corn hole games were very popular this year as well. We are all brothers and sisters as troopers, and it’s one of the few The Colonel of the Maine State days we all can get together and Police, John Cote, stopped by socialize in a festive environment the picnic mid-afternoon to visit without it being for a funeral or with all the troops and say hello; other oﬃcial activities. I was able to speak with the Colonel and let him know that The annual picnic is usually South Carolina was in the house. held during the second week of I also thanked him for the great September each year. I highly Maine hospitality we all were encourage more active and shown. retired South Carolina troopers to try to attend future picnics; As the sun started to set and the it’s time well spent and the cool Maine air began to chill, it memories last a lifetime. was time to wrap it up. A friend of mine from New Hampshire, Retired Sgt Mike Doucette,
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TROOPER PROMOTIONS & RETIREMENTS PROMOTIONS LT Chadwick A. Pearson, Troop 6-HQ, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Micah K. Frost, Troop 5 Post D, promoted 11/2/19.
LT Justin E. Rogers, Troop 8-HQ, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Travis G. Methvin, Troop 6 Post B, promoted 11/2/19.
F/SGT Joseph C. Elliott, Troop 1 Post D, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL David W. Stephens, Troop 6 Post C, promoted 11/2/19.
F/SGT Russell F. Thompson, Troop 3 Post C, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Jason L. Wells, Troop 6 Post C, promoted 11/2/19.
F/SGT Bradley P. Norris, Troop 5 Post A, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Bryant B. Stewart, Troop 8-SIT-Post 1, promoted 11/2/19.
F/SGT David Smith, Troop 7 Post C, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Brandon M. Loftis, Troop 8-SIT-Post 2, promoted 11/2/19.
SGT Katherine E. Bradacs, Troop 1 Post D, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Brian S. Bryson, Troop 8-SIT-Post 4, promoted 11/2/19.
SGT Douglas A. Rieser, Troop 3 Post A, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Leon C. Porter, Troop 8-SIT-Post 6, promoted 11/2/19.
SGT Anthony S. Darby, Troop 4 Post C, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Joseph C. Wardlaw, Troop 8-TZT-Post 3, promoted 11/2/19.
SGT Alex Woodberry, Troop 7 Post B, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Brian N. Trotter, Troop 9-MAIT-Midlands, promoted 11/2/19.
SGT Tyler J. Luther, Troop 9 MAIT-Pee Dee, promoted 11/2/19.
CPL Delvin A. Brown, Troop 11-Recruiter, promoted 11/2/19.
SGT David C. Martin, Troop 11 Spec Ops, promoted 11/2/19.
ADMIN SGT Judd Jones, Troop 7-HQ, promoted 11/2/19.
CPT Stacy A. Craven, Troop 3-HQ, retired 10/26/19.
CPL Patrick W. Dick, Troop 1 Post A, promoted 11/2/19.
LT Kyle V. Welch, Troop 6-HQ, retired 8/30/19.
CPL Christopher K. Robinson, Troop 1 Post C, promoted 11/2/19. CPL Clyde J. Woods, IV, Troop 1 Post D, promoted 11/2/19. CPL Matthew A. Taylor, Troop 3 Post C, promoted 11/2/19. CPL Robert D. Levitt, Troop 4 Post A, promoted 11/2/19. CPL Tony L. Gardner, Troop 5 Post B, promoted 11/2/19.
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SGT James C. Rikard, Troop 9-MAIT, retired 11/30/19. CPL Mark W. Turner, Troop 9-MAIT, retired 8/16/19. Master Trooper Joseph P. Farmer, Troop 2 Post A, retired 10/31/19. Master Trooper Claude L. Hodge, III, Troop 4 Post C, retired 8/14/19.
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SCHP TROOP ONE: Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Richland, Sumter As we close out the “100 Deadly Days”, I recognize that your dedication and professionalism towards our citizens has been truly remarkable. Your contributions to our enforcement eﬀorts to save every life that travels our State’s highways and roadways has been immense. As we transition seasonally into fall and winter, I would ask that you keep the same mindset as you go about your daily routines. During this time of the year, our roads become even more dangerous, due to time changes, cooler temperatures, and diﬀerent events that occurs regularly within our communities. Please remain vigilant and always keep your safety in mind. Again, thank you for all that you do each and every day. I salute your sincerity and commitment towards our agency’s mission. Excellent work! Keep it up! ~ Captain Everick Patterson
Member Spotlight: Trooper First Class Weston C. Rivett Troop One, Post D Trooper First Class Weston C. Rivett grew up in California and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, in 2007. After high school, he joined the Air Force. Throughout his eight years in the military, he was a meteorologist and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. His military service took him to three different countries where he was able to see a good bit of the world. In 2010, Rivett was deployed to Iraq from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina. He says that he fell in love with South Carolina while stationed here and knew that once he got out of the military this is where he wanted to live. Upon returning from his Iraq deployment, Rivett met his wife, Jenna. Jenna is a Pennsylvania transplant and works at Lexington Medical Center. After his military service, Weston was a Security Supervisor at Baptist Hospital. In July of 2016, he joined the South Carolina Highway Patrol. “When it comes to being a Trooper, it is not about what you do individually but what you do as a team, and my shift rarely does anything individually. I gained a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie while serving in the military, and that reflects in my current shift of Troopers,” says Rivett. 32 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
“When I started, all of the senior Troopers transferred, leaving us with only three Troopers on my shift, in one of the busiest counties in the state. We had to learn fast and be proficient. The most senior Trooper on our shift had only six months,”continued Rivett. “With us having minimal experience, it made us rely on each other and our Corporal for guidance. We were not afraid to call on each other and help each other when needed, and we also joke together about each other’s missteps. With that established, each newcomer has felt welcome which has made the team less of coworkers and more of a family. We push each other and challenge one another to
be successful. Having this strong team has allowed us to be more proactive concerning enforcement and shorten wait times for collisions, because all we want to do is get the job done and get into something with each other. With our team out on the roadways, as a whole, I know it makes people feel safer seeing more than one patrol car and think twice,” Rivett concluded. He and Jenna live in West Columbia with their two dogs, Duke and Cariboo. He enjoys cooking, traveling, eating, hunting and camping.
As the supervisor of Team D, I take pride in the fact my guys are self-motivated to make the roadways safer. I have come to count on Trooper Rivett to help train and push the younger Troopers to think while patrolling the roadways. I made sure to instill in the guys on my shift a sense of family and camaraderie. So this means dong road checks or sitting down to eat as one. Trooper Rivett recently became a FTO (Field Training Officer) and takes pride in knowing that he will help train the new troopers coming to Richland County. Trooper Rivett does a great job staying on top of paperwork and has great relationships with other agencies in the area. CPL D.O. Prince
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SCHP TROOP TWO: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda It is a great honor to have been promoted to the rank of captain and appointed as the Commander of Troop Two. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the men and women of this Troop. As the year comes to an end, Troop Two has seen a drastic reduction in traﬃc fatalities. This success was made possible due to the dedication, hard work, and sacrifice of the troopers who put their lives on the line every day as they carry out their job duties. In addition to the hard work of the troopers, I would like to thank the administrative staﬀ for all they do to support our personnel. As we look forward to the New Year, I ask that everyone stay motivated and focused as we continue towards our goal of target zero. Happy Holidays! ~ Captain Joseph T. Morf
Member Spotlight: Corporal Jesse G. Reynolds, III Troop 2, Post C CPL Reynolds was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a 1982 graduate of Bishop England High School where he enjoyed playing baseball and football. After graduation, he was employed by his father who owned Charleston Electronics. He was oﬀered the opportunity to become a harbor pilot, but he knew he wanted to choose a career that would focus on helping others.
“In my 32 year tenure with the Highway Patrol, I have worked with many troopers and supervisors that I have considered mentors and great leaders; one who significantly impacted my life and career was Sgt. Phil Morris.
Local State Troopers would stop in to his father’s shop often and talk about their experiences and always encouraged Jesse to join the highway patrol. Jesse was hired by the SCHP on March 7, 1987, and he graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy in June of 1987. He was assigned to Troop 2 (Saluda County) and has dedicated his entire 32 year career to this post. 34 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
I have taken their values and implemented them every day in my personal life and professional career as well as instilling them into new troopers that I have had the pleasure to train and supervise,” said Reynolds.
Jesse met his wife Dina in April 1994, both having careers in law enforcement at the time. They were married June 15, 1995, in Beaufort, South Carolina; they have three sons (Seth, Jesse IV and Brandon), a daughter-inlaw (Maci) and 2 grandchildren (Brayton and Kynlee). Jesse and Dina have lived on Lake Murray for 25 years and plan to retire to Beaufort, SC. Jesse enjoys oﬀ-shore fishing, coaching little league baseball for his sons and grandson, and spending as much time as possible with his family. Cpl. Reynolds has been an asset to the South Carolina Highway Patrol— specifically to Troop 2 Post C—for over 32 years. As a young man, I would see Cpl. Reynolds with cars stopped in Saluda and what always stood out was the clean car, neat uniform, and the professional and fair manner in which he treated those he came in contact with. He is well-liked in the community. Hardly a day goes by that someone from the community doesn’t ask, “Where’s Jesse at?” Cpl. Reynolds makes family a priority and genuinely cares for his coworkers which makes him an eﬀec ve and reliable leader. The dedica on, determina on, and sacrifice displayed by Jesse giving 32 years of service says a lot about the kind of person he is. We should all strive to display these same quali es in our daily du es. I am proud to work alongside Cpl. Reynolds. F/Sgt. Q. D. Hallman Corporal J.G. Reynolds III is the kind of leader that has no problem taking charge when in command of any assignment. He confidently makes decisions even in the absence of adequate orders or informa on. As a result, he elicits needed informa on, monitors the results, and changes course if the situa on deems it to be necessary. He consistently does what is right and his team finds him to be very approachable. His principles of management and leadership are simple; carry out your du es with integrity. He brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to Saluda, Edgefield and McCormick and shares his knowledge while mentoring his team. CPT M. C. Carson Sr., MCJ
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SCHP TROOP THREE Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg It is my honor and privilege to be a part of the team and serve on the South Carolina Highway Patrol as the Commander of Troop Three. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge both the sworn and civilian members of Troop Three who have committed themselves to serving our organization and upstate communities. The success of the South Carolina Highway Patrol and, more specifically, of Troop Three rests on our ability to work together and sustain a greater degree of public trust through campaigns grounded in service and integrity. God bless each of you for your dedication and commitment to the South Carolina Highway Patrol and to the citizens of the state of South Carolina. ' The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team'- Phil Jackson
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Member Spotlight: Sergeant Steve G. Adcox Troop Three HQ Sergeant Steve Adcox was born in Easley, South Carolina, in 1961 to the late Sandra J. Adcox Cassell and Gene Adcox. After graduating from Easley High School in 1980, he put in an application to be a state trooper, but he was too young to be considered and was told to return when he turned 21. Then came a hiring freeze. He needed regular work, so he took a job at Alice Manufacturing in Easley in 1983 and later enrolled at Tri-County Technical College to study industrial management. In 1988, he was awarded the Tri-County Technical College Textile Management Student of the Year for his 4.0 average. Although Adcox still wanted to be in law enforcement, he was determined to succeed in his work. In 1987, while in the woods, he encountered a game warden, the late Franklin Gravely, who changed the course of his life when he suggested that Steve consider becoming a deputy game warden. “I took this advice, applied, completed the training, and became a reserve wildlife oﬃcer in Pickens County,” he states. Eventually, a job for both trooper and wildlife oﬃcer came open. He applied for both, but he was accepted as a trooper candidate in 1989. 40 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
“My mission is to serve the citizens of South Carolina by being as eﬃcient and accurate in my day-to-day duties. The eﬀects of my job trickle down to many Troopers, so I like to make the agency look as good as possible by doing my job to best of my ability,” says Adcox. Sergeant Adcox is the Administrative Sergeant in Troop 3 Headquarters and resides in Liberty with his wife Yvonne Adcox, a teacher. They have five children--Ali, Jeremy, Bethany, Bradley, and Zachary. His hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, trout fishing, hunting, and kayaking. He recently purchased a 10-acre tract in rural Anderson County as a future retirement farm. I have had the privilege of working with Sergeant Steve Adcox for over 20 years. As the Administra ve Sergeant, Steve works diligently to ensure that Troop Three runs smoothly. He comes to work daily with a good a tude and is willing to assist in any way. Steve is a posi ve role model to new Troopers and is always willing to go the extra mile. LT M.L. Pelfrey Sergeant S.G. Adcox is an experienced Administra ve Sergeant who faces challenges with a great degree of confidence and competence. He maintains records that play a pivotal role in the Troop’s ability to meet and exceed accredita on goals. He ensures that all Troop requisi ons are complete and submi ed in a mely manner. SGT Adcox provides guidance to all subordinates and ensures all SCDPS policies and procedures are adhered to by Troop Three personnel. He's always prepared to assist with the daily opera ons of the Troop and does an excellent job overseeing the daily opera ons of the Troop Headquarters during the absence of the Troop Execu ve Oﬃcer. Captain M.C. Carson Sr.
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SCHP TROOP FOUR: Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, York As 2019 comes to a close, I want to thank the men and women of Troop Four for their hard work and dedication that were on display this past year. Although our troop experienced a high number of fatalities in 2019, you confronted each day with a strong commitment and drive to protect all people in our communities. When I was given the tremendous honor and humbling title of Troop 4 Captain, I knew that I could not do it alone and that I would need your support. You have not failed in giving me the support and dedication that it will take for Troop 4 to be successful,and I thank you for that support. It is a pleasure to serve as your Troop Commander and I am truly humbled by your support. ~ Captain Jeff Wade
Trooper Jeffrey Scott Babb-Wright Troop 4, Post A Trooper Jeﬀery Scott Babb-Wright was born on July 29, 1984. He lived in Boiling Springs, South Carolina, before settling down in Gaﬀney. His father, Doug Wright, is a retired auto mechanic, and his mother, Robbin Wright, is retired from the restaurant business. Trooper Babb-Wright is the oldest of six children, and he has two brothers and three sisters. Trooper Babb-Wright started his first job when he was 13 years old at a family owned muﬄer shop which started his career in auto mechanics, fabrication, welding, and restoration. He worked in automotive for 19 years before he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. In 2017, Trooper Babb-Wright began his career with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and was stationed in Troop 4 - Post A (Cherokee/Union). In the few years he has been with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, he has received several recognitions including Post A Trooper of 1st Quarter 2018, Troop 4 Trooper of 2nd Quarter 2018, 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Oﬃce Award in 2018, DUI Award in 2018, and Mark Coates Award in 2018. 42 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
Trooper Babb-Wright says his mission is to reduce fatalities through education and traﬃc enforcement. He is very focused on the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s goal of Target Zero and making his community a safer place. Trooper Babb-Wright met his wife, Jessica, in 2000 at a high school football game. They were married on February 28, 2009. Together they have a son, James, followed by a daughter, Sarah. Trooper Babb-Wright is a devoted family man and always spends as much time with his family as possible. I have had the opportunity to get to know Jeﬀrey over the past two years, and he is one of the nicest and most dedicated Troopers that I know. His dedica on to his family and job is an a ribute that many of us should mirror. Even though Jeﬀrey has only been on the Highway Patrol since 2017, he has dis nguished himself by his incredible work ethic and in his pursuit to saving lives. CPT Jeﬀ Wade
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SCHP TROOP FIVE: Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg The spring season is almost in arm's reach. It’s a time of new beginnings, and everyone around just seems to be happier, maybe it’s the anticipation of summer or just the seasonal change. For Troop Five Personnel, seasonal change brings a higher traﬃc volume of travelers to and through our area. We must always remember, Troop Five Troopers, to continue to be safe and alert as you go through your daily mission. Thank you for doing your job each and every day to protect the motoring public. "Being strong isn’t just about being able to get through tragedy, it’s also about preparing yourself – both physically and mentally – for the tests that life will put us through. It’s about developing the emotional and mental toughness that will allow us to not only get through tragedy and overcome pain ourselves – but allow us to be a beacon of strength for others." Unknown ~Captain Jo-Nathan Nell (Jo Nell)
Member Spotlight: Trooper Joseph L. Rowell Troop 5 Post D Trooper Rowell, originally from the Nichols area of Horry County, was born and raised on a farm in Horry County where his summer months were spent working on the farm for his grandfather. He graduated from Green Sea Floyds High School in 2001. After high school, he enlisted in the Army where he was a crewman on an M1A1 Abrams Tank. Rowell attended Basic Training / OUST in Fort Knox, Kentucky, for 15 weeks. While in Fort Stewart, Georgia, an M1A1 tank loader’s hatch slammed on his right forearm, and he almost lost half of his arm. After two extensive surgeries, he was able to keep his arm. There were months of physical therapy to learn how to reuse it all over again. Rowell grew up around a
family of firefighters and would go to various calls with his dad. Many of those calls were vehicle collisions--he would see the troopers pull up and get out with their hat on and looking sharp in uniform. He knew that he was going to be one of them one day, and he
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looked forward to speaking with a trooper any time he saw one. Trp. Rowell also looked up to a cousin, a Corporal with the Highway Patrol that was assigned to Troop 6. When he would come home, he loved seeing him and just talking with him about being a trooper.
When he was 22 years old, Rowell was looking forward to applying with the Highway Patrol, but due to the tattoo policy, he was not able to do so. He began his law enforcement career with the Aynor Police Department January 4, 2006. While attending the Criminal Justice Academy he met the love of his life, Alyhsa, through his now brother- in- law who was in the Academy with him. After dating a few months, Rowell and Alysha got married and have been married for 13 years. They have two childrenMadelyn who is 12 and Jackson who is 5. The Rowells attend Cane Branch Baptist Church where the family is very active. On June 3, 2008, he began his career with the Horry County Police Department. He was later promoted to the rank of Corporal and supervised a shift in the West Precinct, which was the largest precinct in the county. After more than a year as a shift supervisor, he was transferred to be the supervisor of the Street Crimes unit, which was in
narcotics. While in that position, he constantly kept in touch with Greg Griggs who was a recruiter at the time. Even though he had a wonderful job, in his heart, he always wanted to be a trooper. When he heard that the tattoo policy had changed, he immediately called Greg Griggs to verify that it had in fact changed. Rowell then called his wife and told her the news and that he was applying. He put in his application, and after several trips to Columbia, he got the acceptance letter. His wife can tell you that was one of the happiest moments of his life. On January 17, 2018, Rowell began his career with the SCHP and says he has enjoyed working with a great group of troopers. “I put on the uniform of the Highway Patrol with pride, as I had done with the other two department uniforms. However, this uniform feels like it belongs on me.” He continues, “I am thankful each day that I get to wear that uniform and thankful that the
tattoo policy changed so I could fulfill a dream and a career I had since I was a child. I know each day I go to work I am making a diﬀerence. I love the feeling when I go out and educate people with bad driving habits or to just get back to the basics of good driving habits.” “I know without a doubt when I lay my head down after getting home from work that I gave it a 110 percent with no regrets.” “I learned a long time ago after starting my law enforcement career that as long as I know I did the right thing and did all I could, my conscience is clear and I sleep well at night.” “Since being with the Highway Patrol I have met some wonderful troopers and made some awesome friendships.” Rowell says his hobbies are like every country boy—he loves to hunt, fish and just being outdoors. He also loves being on the river and taking his kids fishing, going on vacation with the family, and spending time with his wife. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 46)
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Rowell says sometimes he likes “just kicking back in the recliner, relaxing, and watching a good John Wayne or Clint Eastwood western. My wife tells me I’m an old man trapped in a 36 year old body.” He adds that he looks forward to many years with the Highway Patrol. “I am thankful and blessed for the law enforcement family that I have. I thank God daily for allowing me the path that He has chosen for me— to be a trooper and to have a wonderful and supportive family.
Trooper Rowell is extremely dedicated and shows up to work with a posi ve a tude. His work ethic is something every South Carolina State Trooper should strive to achieve and maintain. He is dependable and is always willing to assist his fellow Troopers. Trooper Rowell’s dedica on and eﬃciency has been shown through his enforcement eﬀorts since joining the South Carolina Highway Patrol. CPL W.S. Boye e
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SCHP TROOP SIX Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Jasper Happy New Year Troop 6! It is with pleasure that I re-join Troop 6 after serving as the Troop 7 Commander for approximately five months in 2018. I am excited to be back home and I am looking forward to working with each one of you to continue to reach our “Target Zero Goal”. Always remember to treat everyone you encounter during your daily duties as you would want your loved ones to be treated in similar situations. Be Safe and let’s work towards a Great Year in 2019 in the area of Fatality Reduction! ~ Captain S.N. Gadsdsen
Member Spotlight: Trooper First Class Allan D. Klimek, III Troop Six, Post B TFC Allan Klimek, originally from Elbridge, New York, graduated from Jordan Elbridge High School (NY) in 2011. He attended college at Clarkson University and Onondaga Community College where he received his degree in Business Administration. While in high school and college, he worked at the local ACE hardware store for five years. He was then hired as the Assistant Store Manager of a Sherwin Williams Store until he was hired by South Carolina Highway Patrol in January 2016. “Becoming a member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol is one of my proudest accomplishments. Every day I know that I can come to work and make a lasting impact on my community. I am proud to know that when I work hard I am contributing to the safety of my family, the residents of South Carolina and the families that travel through South Carolina,” says TFC Klimek. Allan is married to his life-long best friend, Haley Klimek. He says his wife is the backbone of their household. Allan and Haley have two children. Their daughter, Sophie Jane, is three years old and, according to Klimek, “she is a gentle soul and an amazing big sister to her brother Morgan Allan Klimek. Morgan is a year and a half and “is a sour patch kid who will head-butt you and then hug you until you’re happy again.” The Klimeks live Walterboro, SC. In his free time, Klimek enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He enjoys getting on the floor and spending hours playing trucks or dolls with them. Whenever he gets a moment to himself, he likes to bury his nose into a good book. 48 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
Trooper Klimek is a dependable asset to SCDPS. He is determined and always willing to go the extra mile to assist the department in achieving its goal of Target Zero. He is a consistent leader amongst his colleagues in fair and impar al enforcement of traďŹƒc law. Sgt. E.M. Enxuto Trooper Klimek is always mo vated to patrol his assigned areas and strives to make every eďŹ€ort to reduce fatali es by changing driver behavior. He is also always eager to assist his fellow troopers and supervisors when needed. Cpl. T.N. Vieau Trooper Allan Klimek is an outstanding young trooper. From day one, he has shown to be an extremely self-mo vated person with a posi ve a tude. Trooper Klimek has proven to be a leader among his peers and can be counted on for any assignments given him. Despite his short me on the patrol, he has already earned an unmarked vehicle and has been selected as an FTO as well. Allan is a joy to be around and I always enjoy hearing about his family; especially stories about Sophie and Morgan. F/Sgt. C.A. Pearson
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SCHP TROOP SEVEN Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Hampton, Orangeburg I would like to thank the Troopers of Troop 7 for their hard work and dedication during the spring and summer months of 2019. As the holidays approach us, I ask that we continue the hard work to ensure the citizens that the live and pass through our great state, safe traveling.~ Captain Nicklous W. King
Member Spotlight: Corporal Daniel L. Wright Troop 7, Post C Following is CPL Wright's story, in his own words: I grew up in Augusta, Georgia, on the remains of what used to be a farm. The first years of my life I spent in the fields and in the woods. The man that acted as my father passed when I was three, and my two brothers and I struggled for many years without parents.
degree in Criminal Justice in 2018, with a focus on Homeland Security and a minor in Psychology.
evening I enjoy reading, and I have a small library of books that I have read, which I do more than watching television.
During my free time I enjoy going to the gym, spending about two hours a day lifting weights. Recently I have had to adjust to physical limitations, but I still try to stay in shape as much as possible. In the
My other hobby is survival and firearms. I like to send rounds down range, as well as maintain wilderness and oﬀ- the-grid skills. I trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under black belt Benjamin James Clark for
After attending Richmond Academy, I performed a few odd jobs until I decided to join the military, serving six years including Afghanistan. When I returned from the Middle East, I applied to the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 2008 on the suggestion of my Company Executive Oﬃcer Frank Daly. At first I was turned away due to a tattoo that was on my neck; I had the tattoo removed and returned to complete my PT test while the bandages from the operation were still on. I completed my bachelor’s 50 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
a few years until I was forced to stop due to medical reasons. I live in Aiken where I met my wife Jackie; she is the reason I live here in South Carolina-my wife is my rock. I get my motivation to be a better person in everything that I do from her. We got married on the beach on Tybee Island in 2012. Her daughter (and my step-daughter) Jillian has just graduated from South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville and has won many awards throughout the state for her art.
In the me that Lance Corporal Wright has been employed with SCDPS, I have been able to see him grow and progress into a fine Trooper while serving not only the ci zens of South Carolina, but his coworkers here at Troop 7 Post C (Aiken County). He has a very posi ve a tude, takes the utmost pride in the uniform of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and is dedicated to hard work and serving the ci zens of South Carolina. On August 28, 2018, Lance Corporal Wright saved the life of a pedestrian found lying in a roadside ditch of US-1 near SC-125 in Aiken County who was suﬀering from heat exposure and severe dehydra on. On June 24, 2017, at 5:30 a.m. Wright was assis ng in a fatal collision inves ga on on I-20 at the 39 mile marker; he was standing beside a fire truck protec ng the scene when a Nissan Al ma crashed into the fire truck causing the driver to sustain fatal injuries. This impact caused Wright to be thrown 20 feet into the air, landing on the pavement and resul ng in extensive injuries to his face and body. His determina on not to quit figh ng and his steadfast leadership quali es led to him not only recovering from this trauma c experience, but excelling in his daily enforcement ac vi es. Lance Corporal Wright is a true hero, leader and role model, a loyal and dedicated teammate, and is a testament to the history of professionalism true to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Because of his dedica on to the SCHP, Lance Corporal Wright was chosen as Troop 7’s 2019 Trooper of the Year. SGT David P. Dodson
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SCHP HQ Member Spotlight: Master Trooper Daryl W. “Bucky” Giddings II SCHP Motor Unit Master Trooper Bucky Giddings graduated from A.C.Flora High school in Forest Acres, South Carlina. After high school, he worked in the building supply industry for about three years and then spent about four years in the US Coast Guard. After getting out of the Coast Guard, he joined the Highway Patrol. Giddings entered the Criminal Justice Acadmey in August of 1991. He was commissioned in November 1991 and stationed in Horry County. In May of 1997, he joined the motorcycle unit. “I have enjoyed the last 28 years on the patrol and the last 22 years as a motor oﬃcer,” says
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Giddings. He enjoys being able to make a positive impact on the citizens of his community and the State of South Carolina by Enforcement of traﬃc laws and being nvolved in schools of Horry County. “Being on the Motor Unit has given me the opportunity to go to schools and meet the young people of Horry County. The elementary students like to see the motorcycles and the patrol cars. It is a great feeling when you stop at a store or out in the public and one of the kids come up and gives you high five or just to say hi to you because you were at their school.”
Master Trooper Geddings and his wife, Gina, have been married for 25 years, and they have fours daughters, Breanna, Danielle, Ashtyn, and Chelsea. In his free time, Geddings enjoys camping, fishing, and kayaking with his family.
Not only is Master Trooper D.W. “Bucky” Giddings an asset to Troop 8, he is an asset to The State of South Carolina, The South Carolina Highway Patrol, and the Horry County Community where he lives and works. Bucky is always willing to do whatever is ask of him, whenever asked, to accomplish the mission at hand. Bucky’s name and face are synonymous with SCHP’s Motor Unit where he con nues to work with unmatched enthusiasm a er serving in the posi on for 22 years. It has been my pleasure ge ng to know Bucky over the years, and I feel fortunate that Troop 8 has people like Bucky that exemplify the Highway Patrol’s core values of Selfless Service, Integrity, and Responsibility. CPT Brad Dowis Bucky and I were commissioned at the Patrol Academy on November of 1991. We worked Horry County together and he became a Motor Oﬃcer 6 months a er I did. We were the “Ponch and John” back in the day. Bucky, as he is known to all, has a great work ethic. He knows his job well and applies himself daily. His training background is extensive and is an overall asset to SCDPS. He’s a dedicated family man, camper and loves to complete DIY projects. It has been a privilege to have worked alongside him for the past 28 years. CPL K.D. Elia
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BUREAU OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES The year 2019 has presented many challenges to our nation and to BPS. Our staﬀ has continued to be committed and professional, performing in an exemplary manner in the face of manpower shortages during a time of increased demand for services. As we approach the 2020 election year, I am confident that the men and women of the Bureau of Protective Services will be unwavering in their devotion to meet the challenges of protecting the citizens, dignitaries and elected oﬃcials of this great state. BPS will continue to meet the various challenges facing law enforcement and strive to ensure our oﬃcers are prepared through additional training in the areas of active shooter response, basic tactical combat casualty care, checkpoint screening and the use of NARCAN. I am confident that as a team we will meet the upcoming challenges of 2020 head on, striving to maintain the same level of commitment and dedication our oﬃcers have demonstrated during 2019. Moving forward, I encourage BPS oﬃcers to get involved in SCTA, this organization is a tremendous advocate for all DPS law enforcement personnel. I would also like to give a special thanks to all of our Midlands area law enforcement partners for your ongoing support and assistance. God Bless You. Thank you for your continued dedication to citizens of this great state and country. ~ Chief John D. Hancock
Member Spotlight: Officer First Class Caleb R. Turner Following is OFC Turner's story, in his own words: I was born in Kinston, North Carolina, to Robbie and KaTrina Turner. I am the middle of three children, with two sisters. I have lived in Columbia, South Carolina, for the majority of my life, which is not far from the rest of my family in North Charleston. In high school, I participated in JROTC and I also played sports at Spring Valley for two years before I got a part-time job after school working in a grocery store. I worked that job until after graduation. When I turned 21, I applied for the Bureau of Protective Services. Working in law enforcement is a career that I have wanted to do for most of my life, and when the opportunity became available, I did not hesitate. I am assigned to the State Agency Support Division (SASD) and I help provide and maintain security for the stateowned properties that I am assigned to. Over the past three years, I have worked with 54 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
a remarkable group of oﬃcers and supervisors, and I have also gained a lot of experience, training, and knowledge, all of which seems to have paid oﬀ, as I was nominated for the 2018 Oﬃcer of the Year. In my free time, I enjoy cheering for the Clemson Tigers, I also enjoy spending my time with my black lab Apollo, my fiancé Courtney, and with friends and family. I am currently enrolled at Liberty University Online school working on my Criminal Justice degree. I have been Oﬃcer First Class Turner’s supervisor for the past year and a half. During this me he has been assigned to the State Agency Support Division and has performed his du es in an outstanding and professional manner. Oﬃcer First Class Turner has been recognized for excellence in the performance of his du es, being nominated as the State Agency Support Division Oﬃcer of the Year (2018). During this me he volunteered his me and skills to aid in ensuring severe manpower shortages within the division were fulfilled. Turner has been an asset to this division in assis ng in the field training of newly assigned BPS oﬃcers regardless of loca on they are assigned to. He has worked relessly to ensure these oﬃcers fully understand the daily opera ons at the Division of Technology, Public Employees Benefit Authority and the South Carolina Educa on Lo ery. SGT J.E. Carr
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STATE TRANSPORT POLICE As we close out 2019, I want to take just a moment to celebrate our people and all that they do for the citizens and visitors of South Carolina. We were proud to celebrate the graduation of STP Basic 19-A and our Oﬃcer, Region, and Public Servant of the year for 2018. Our STP Basic 19-A class was comprised of seven uniformed oﬃcers and two civilian New Entrant Auditors. They have completed a rigorous training regimen comprised of more than 1,000 training hours. These men have chosen to do what others would not do, now they can do what others cannot do. Our new graduates will work beside you in our eﬀorts of reducing crashes and saving lives through commercial motor vehicle enforcement. We are grateful to have such dedicated professionals within our ranks. I encourage you to lead, guide, and coach them as we continue to grow stronger together. Speaking of dedicated professionals, we must now turn our attention to the STP award winners for 2018. These men exhibit what true public servants should look like. The winners of these prestigious awards don’t work in the manner they do to be recognized, they do it because they are dedicated to the mission of serving the public and saving lives. Oﬃcer First Class Dakota Barnhart from STP Region Three was selected as the STP Oﬃcer of the Year for 2018. He was selected from an outstanding group of his peers from across the state. For the second year in a row, Region One was selected as the Region of the Year. Mr. John Westerhold, Director of the Oﬃce of Highway Safety and Justice Programs, previously served as the Fiscal Analyst for the State Transport Police division and was selected as the STP Public Servant of the Year for 2018. Please join me in congratulating our new graduates and award winners. 2019 has brought us all many challenges in our eﬀorts to improve safety on our roadways, but they were all met with a fierce determination to make a positive diﬀerence. I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done, and continue to do, to reduce and eliminate fatalities on our roadways. 2020 will soon be here and once again we will be challenged to keep our roadways safe. But this time of year is for us to relax, recharge, and spend some much needed quality time with our loved ones. Please, if you don’t do anything else, take time out for you and your families to enjoy each other. Rest. Refocus. Recommit. Thank you for all that you do, and from my family to yours, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. ~ Colonel Leroy Taylor 56 South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 |
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Retired Member Spotlight: Kenneth Hasty
"When you have that uniform on He decided that he would apply Kenneth Hasty was born in and you’re out projecting our for a position with the South Sumter, South Carolina, on image, you wanted it to be a Carolina Highway Patrol since January 30, 1957. His life good one. I knew the eﬀect it had it was something that he had has been full of a myriad of on them seeing me in uniform wanted to do since he was nine. incredible experiences. Reared because it had the same eﬀect in rural Sumter County, he “Growing up in rural Sumter on me as a kid. Being around attended Sumter County District County, we lived right near the children when I arrived in St. 17 public schools from first thru US Highway 15 by-pass as it ran Matthews located in Calhoun ninth grade; in ninth grade Ken through south Sumter. I would County was the perfect place to began to attend St. Jude Catholic always see these troopers stop put that life dream of speaking School in Sumter upon the cars near our house. They drove to people and acknowledging wishes of his grandmother. the Moonstone Grey 1965 Ford them. As a Trooper you have Galaxy as cruisers back in those Ken's grandparents, David and to acknowledge the people days when I admired them. I Eva Byrd Hasty, raised him for whom you serve, these are the most of his young early life. Ken would always run down to the same people that you will see graduated from St. Jude Catholic edge of the fence in hopes that School and went on to enlist into the trooper might see me waving to them, but they never waved the United States Air Force. He back…so I made up in my mind served in the U.S. Air Force at the age of nine that I was for four years and attained the going to become a trooper and rank of Sergeant. Ken served when I do, I am going to wave in the 72nd Tactical Air Control at everyone I see. Being cordial Flight based out of Langley and being forceful in your daily Air Force Base in Newport duties is sometimes a balancing News, Virginia. He served as a act. Whenever I went into a Telecommunications Operations Piggly Wiggly, a Winn-Dixie Center Specialist working in the or IGA - because that’s all we communications center aboard had then - I never missed an the Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS opportunity to talk to and interact aircraft. While serving in the Air Force, Ken earned an associate’s with the children in the store… they would just flock to you…" degree in 1977 from the Community College of the Air Force in Communications and an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1983 from Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College. Ken served his time in the Air Force and was honorably discharged. He moved back to Sumter with a keen interest in law enforcement and worked about eight months as a Correctional Oﬃcer at Central Correctional Institute in Columbia before being appointed to the South Carolina Patrol.
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on your juries, at your churches, at you little league games, so you have to at least have some basic interpersonal skills. I’ve always believed the fact that I communicated with the people of Calhoun County on a down to earth level that they most understood, and it appears to be some evidence that their appreciative of that very fact. It really helped me to be more eﬀective in my job and it made my communication with the community I served a lot more personal…and rewarding I might add.” After several interviews to gain an appointment with the Highway Patrol, Ken was finally accepted and appointed by then Governor Richard “Dick” Riley and graduated in May of 1979 from the March 4, 1979, Patrol Class at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. After graduating from Highway Patrol Training School, Ken was assigned to Calhoun County to begin his Highway Patrol law enforcement career. “I learned a lot from my first and only patrol assignment on the Highway Patrol. Sgt. G.A. Wilson was my first county supervisor, and he taught me some of the real basics of getting to know a small rural community; lots of what he taught me became real community survival skills in a sense. What I learned from him, coupled with what I learned from my training oﬃcer PFC Edward Higgins, were true community boots- on- the- ground skills. Those same skills have served me well into today as Calhoun County’s Clerk of Court the last 15 years. But the biggest moment of pride being accepted onto the South Carolina Highway Patrol was that my dad Earnest Taylor, who always wanted to be a Highway Patrolman himself, got to see me report to the South Carolina Highway Patrol training on his birthday, March 4. That in itself was a wonderful feeling of family fulfillment.” Ken served the citizens of South Carolina and Calhoun County for 27 years with his entire career being stationed in Calhoun County. After retiring from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Ken decided to get into politics and enter his bid to be elected as Calhoun County’s Clerk of Court. “Throughout my life I constantly thought about how can I help other people? How can I make a diﬀerence in the lives of other people, a positive diﬀerence? How can I give back? How can I take care of the least of these, even when I’m the least of these myself?” Ken says. South Carolina Trooper | Winter 2019 | 59
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On November 2, 2004, Ken was elected as Calhoun County’s first African- American Clerk of Court. In this election, Ken made history on three fronts: being elected Calhoun County’s First AfricanAmerican Clerk of Court; Calhoun County’s first African -American ever elected to a countywide oﬃce; and the state of South Carolina’s first AfricanAmerican male to be elected a Clerk of Court in the state of South Carolina. Ken is a member of the South Carolina Troopers Association, the South Carolina Troopers Coalition, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Oﬃcers Association, the South Carolina Clerk of Courts and Recorders of Deeds Association, the South Carolina Association of Counties, the South Carolina Association of County Executives, and the South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Oﬃcials. Ken also serves on the Governor’s Committee on Electronic Filing for the State of South Carolina, a position he was appointed to by Governor Mark Sanford in 2008. Ken also serves as Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee for the South Carolina Clerks of Court and Register of Deeds Association. Kenneth Hasty is married to Delia Hasty, and they have three daughters: Jordan-27, Kendra-24 and Ariel-21. The Hasty family attend Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg , South Carolina.
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Winter 2019 issue of South Carolina Trooper magazine featuring SCHP Basic Classes 110 & 111.