MEDIA: ALL PHOTOS AND A SYNOPSIS OF WHY THE WINNERS WERE SELECTED CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://www.scdps.gov/comm/Troop_of_year2014.asp

 

 

South Carolina Department of Public Safety


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2015
Contact: Sgt. Bob Beres, 803-608 8013 or your local CRO

SCDPS ANNOUNCES 2014 TROOPER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS;
TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATOR OF THE YEAR WINNERS NAMED

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety held its Trooper/TCO of the Year ceremony today, recognizing outstanding Troopers and Telecommunications Operators from around the state. The attached link contains a synopsis for each recipient outlining why they were chosen for the award along with photos of all recipients. CLICK HERE: http://www.scdps.gov/comm/Troop_of_year2014.asp

 

“It is my honor as director of the SC Department of Public Safety to stand alongside these public servants and say congratulations for a job well done,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “The stories we heard today are just a handful of the many heroic actions and quiet deeds that make me proud to lead both our men and women in uniform as well as our outstanding Telecommunications personnel.’”

“Our troopers have such a dangerous and volatile job,” said SCHP Col. Mike Oliver. “We see that every day, and we must never forget the sacrifice of being in uniform. They work hand-in-hand with our Telecommunications staff to professionally serve and protect the motoring public. Today’s ceremony is a small way of saying ‘thank you.’”


Overall Statewide Winner:
Cpl. Antonio M. Brown, Troop Seven, Post B/Orangeburg-Calhoun -- South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year


Troop One:
S/Tpr. Matthew O. Southern, Post B/Kershaw-Lee

 

Troop Two:
Cpl. Jordan N. Sinclair, Post A/Newberry-Laurens

 

Troop Three:
L/Cpl.  Joseph B. Stewart, Post D/Spartanburg

 

Troop Four: 
L/Cpl. Michael J. Shank, Post B/York County

 

Troop Five:
L/ Cpl.  Jimmy B. King, Post B/Dillon-Florence-Marion

 

Troop Six:
Tpr. Travis L. Clemens, Post B/Colleton-Dorchester

 

Troop Seven: 
Cpl. Antonio M. Brown, Post B/Orangeburg-Calhoun

 

Troop Eight:
Sgt. Christian P. Logdon, K-9

 

Troop Nine:
L/Cpl. Tyler J. Luther, MAIT Team/Pee Dee

 

Troop Ten:
L/Cpl. John W. Valdario, Sr., Insurance Enforcement/Region 1

 

Troop Eleven:
Cpl. Rupert B. Pope, Training/Headquarters

 

Overall Telecommunications Operator of the Year Winner
TCO Anthony Witherspoon, Florence TCC

 

Telecommunications Winners:
TCO Elizabeth M. Childers, Blythewood TCC
TCO Helene R. West, Charleston TCC
TCO Anthony Witherspoon, Florence TCC
Assistant Telecommunications Supervisor C. Keith Sonefelt, Greenville TCC

 

** The following are additional awards presented today that are separate from Trooper of the Year


Specialty Award Winners:

 

Medal of Valor
L/Cpl. William C. Harman.  He is stationed in Troop Five

 

Director’s Hero Awards
Trooper James B. Ruff. He is stationed in Troop Two
Trooper Travis L. Clemens. He is stationed in Troop Six

 

 

 


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