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Meet Nominee Sergeant Peyton Sherwood

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A true hero is ready to help a person in need no matter the circumstance. That was the case for Sergeant Peyton Sherwood from the North Charleston Police Department. On Sunday, April 22, 2018, Sergeant Sherwood was enjoying the day off with his daughters when a call came in—a man…

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Meet Nominee Corporal Josh Addy

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His nomination read, “Josh’s impact with the community and the department has been tremendous and he truly has set the bar for not just the Community Outreach Services Unit, but for Law Enforcement as a whole.” Meet Corporal Josh Addy with the Cayce Department of Public Service. Corporal Addy has…

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Meet Nominee Sergeant Carl Smith

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Meet Sergeant Carl Smith from the Camden Police Department. He said in his interview that he “believes in making something positive in everybody’s life. Even people I’ve had to arrest. To me, you have to treat everybody with respect and dignity.” He grew up in a poor family, where his…

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Meet Nominee Officer Alex Adkins

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Meet Officer Alex Adkins with the Forest Acres Police Department. His one of our finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award, which recognizes officers for excellence in community service. Community service is at the heart of all that Officer Adkins does. “He is always looking for a way to connect…

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Meet Nominee Nathaniel Graham

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Recently, Deputy Nathaniel Graham with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call. There had been a lot of break-ins and deputies had caught someone involved. He was only 12 years old. “I had the chance to sit there and talk with him,” Deputy Graham shared. “The family he…

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Meet Nominee Captain Wendall Harris

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Captain Wendall Harris’s, of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, story is one of true resilience. “I grew up in a really troubled area,” Captain Harris shared. “I saw drug dealers taking over the area. That is what real life is like for a lot of people today. Gang bangers control…

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Meet Nominee Officer Joseph Czeladko

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You can’t judge a book by it’s cover. That’s how the nomination for Officer Joseph Czeladko with the Columbia Police Department began. “He is the most unique person you will ever meet,” his colleague shared. “He is from New York, covered in tattoos, and sounds like Batman when he talks….

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Meet Nominee Deputy Dave Smith

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It’s the little things that sometimes make the biggest difference. That is something Deputy Dave Smith with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department knows first-hand. It was Christmas Day 2015. “I was relatively new on the road,” he shared. A call came in. A domestic situation. Deputy Smith responded and met…

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Meet Nominee Captain Teena Gooding

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Captain Teena Gooding For Captain Teena Gooding, becoming a police officer wasn’t a lifelong dream. “I just woke up one morning and said, ‘Hey, I want to try to be cop,’ and here I am.” She certainly is here, nearing 20 years of service. She began her journey with Cayce…

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Meet Nominee Lieutenant Robert Calby

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Lieutenant Robert Calby   Meet Lieutenant Robert Calby of the Columbia Police Department! Lieutenant Calby has been nominated for this year’s Officer Gregory Alia Award because over the course of his 12 years with the Columbia Police Department, he has grown into an innovative, forward-thinking 21st century police officer who…

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