Thursday, August 1, 2013
PFC Wade Rollings, 38, of Sangaree, moved to the area from Illinois just one week before Hurricane Hugo moved into the area.
He was 14.
A graduate of James Island High School, he is married and the proud father of a little boy he and his wife have recently adopted.
He didn’t begin his adult career in law enforcement however. First, he tried the Navy, for which he was a [radar] Jammer Operator on an aircraft carrier, gave it four years and decided it wasn’t for him. He then worked a variety of jobs until, about eight years ago, he joined the Summerville Police Department Reserves.
“I wanted a stable career and to make a difference,” Rollings says.
He gave three years to the reserves and when offered a full time position, he said “Yes! ... where do I sign?” He has never looked back.
He is actually carrying on family traditions – his dad retired from the Chicago Police Department and his father-in-law is a retired North Charleston Police officer.
His brother is career Army – military police.
Rollings graduated from the police academy, has done a nine-month stint undercover in narcotics, is a specific skills instructor, is certified in public speaking and effective classroom teaching and has taken numerous courses in narcotics including operating undercover, recognizing various narcotics, etc.
He has been recognized as Officer of the Year for going above and beyond to help a family in need.
He has some interest in the K-9 program and hopes to become a supervisor. He is senior officer on his patrol team and a field training officer for new recruits.
He is leaning toward crime scene investigation, he said.
“I love to process crime scenes,” he explained, “and I am the one percent who really likes paperwork.”
But he also loves being on the road and the camaraderie amongst those on patrol.
“Every day is different, there are no two calls the same,” he said.
When off duty, he spends time with his son. Although he never had a passion for fishing, he is working on that because his boy likes to fish.
He does, however, enjoy hunting especially for turkey.
Another passion is history and science. He enjoys the history and military channels. (He studied history at the University of Maine.) He also likes science fiction.
He likes to skate and loves hockey – “Go Black Hawks!” – and remembers nostalgically the season tickets to the Chicago Black Hawks games his dad used to get.
He likes to spend time with his wife and go bike riding with his wife and son.
He shares his home with three cats, two dogs and an every-changing variety of temporary creatures – his wife is a veterinary technician.