Friday, November 29, 2013
PFC Roger Medlock, 63, of Summerville has been in law enforcement for 34 years and 10 months.
In fact he has retired from law enforcement and come back.
“I retired last July and came back as a rehire,” he says.
Fourteen of those years (and 10 months) have been with Summerville Police Department.
He started his career in Goose Creek in 1976.
“My Dad was a DCSO deputy.”
So Medlock, a Summerville High School graduate, went to DCSO in ’77 as a full time deputy and worked his way up to captain over a 12-year period.
He then went to the City of Hannahan for four years before coming to Summerville where he worked first patrol and then traffic.
He is a familiar face on his motorcycle. “I certified on a motorcycle in 2003, he says.
He also is in the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) under Lt. Peterson.
He says he has accomplished most of his professional goals but, if he had to leave SPD, he would love to do air to ground rescue on a helicopter.
He and his wife Sonya, who is a loss prevention specialist with Rite Aid, are the parents of Brett Medlock who is with Summerville Fire Department.
They are both motorcycle enthusiasts and enjoy riding their bikes.
He also enjoys outdoor sports, water skiing and horseback riding.
“I can’t cook,” he says.
He enjoys action movies and used to play the drums when he was a kid.
He says his worst experience is “kinda not knowing if you’ll go home when you are on a serious call…like a domestic violence or a big fight with knives and guns.”
His advice to those coming into law enforcement? Always, always keep your guard up. Be aware of what you’re doing, never trust anyone especially those with a history of violence or violent temper…you never know what they’ll do…and they can change in a moment.