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South Carolina Department of Public Safety


May 7, 2015
Contact: Lt. Kelley Hughes, 803-530-1664


Memorial plaques




COLUMBIA – The Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame held induction ceremonies today for 15 South Carolina law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Three of those officers died in 2014, and the others were killed many years back but were discovered to be line-of-duty deaths through research in the past year. The Hall of Fame is part of the SC Department of Public Safety.


“This solemn occasion ensures that all law enforcement officers who gave their lives serving – regardless of the number of years that may have passed – hold a special place of honor in the history of South Carolina,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “With the current inductions, 356 officers are honored in the Hall of Fame Memorial Room.”


The SC Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame was established by a legislative act in 1974. By that act, its purpose was defined “as a memorial to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and in recognition of the selfless dedication of all law enforcement officers in the day-to-day performance of their duties.”


This year, the following officers were inducted:


Matuskovic Deputy Joseph J. Matuskovic
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
September 8, 2014
Blajszczak Private First Class Robert J. Blajszczak
Summerville Police Department
October 26, 2014
Smith Investigator Holmes N. Smith, Jr.
Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office
November 5, 2014



(not pictured)


Constable Joseph Trescott
Charleston County Magistrate’s Office
January 6, 1893


Guard Herman G. Stello
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
August 16, 1906


Officer William Alvah Clyde
Sumter Police Department
January 21, 1908


Guard John C. Robbins
SC State Penitentiary/SCDOC
April 10, 1915


Special Deputy H. Elwell Cook
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
May 8, 1915


Officer James J. Duffy
Charleston Police Department
July 16, 1916


Rural Policeman George A. Davis
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
September 2, 1918


Officer William E. Raymond
Charleston Police Department
September 10, 1919


Guard Archie McDaniel Sox
SC State Penitentiary/SCDOC
April 22, 1920

Sergeant Henry W. Buck
Charleston Police Department
February 26, 1921


Sheriff Henry S. Gamble
Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office
February 22, 1929


Sheriff E. Clarke Gasque
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
August 9, 1935


The Hall of Fame is located at 5400 Broad River Road and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is free to the public and group tours are welcome by prior arrangement.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol, State Transport Police, Bureau of Protective Services, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs, Immigration Enforcement Unit and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Our mission is to ensure public safety by protecting and serving the people of South Carolina and its visitors.
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