Friday, December 20, 2013
PFC Michael Gregory, 37, of Summerville has an open, friendly face and a big smile. Growing up in Jonesville, he graduated from Spartanburg Technical College and, in 1996, went to work for the Dept. of Corrections. From there he went to the S.C. Highway Patrol before coming to the Summerville Police Department in July of 2012.
He is a certified Accident Reconstructionist, is certified in advanced DUI detection, on the Data Master (DMT) breath analysis unit and in standard field sobriety testing.
Also in aggressive crime enforcement (drug interdiction), radar and Lidar. He is a certified motorcycle operator and instructor.
He spent six months on patrol before coming to the Traffic unit.
“I love traffic,” he says, “it’s the least boring.”
He loves it except when he has to deal with a fatality. “My father-in-law was killed in a car crash, so I know what it is like receiving that news.”
His favorite moment of his job was doing the Medal of Honor escorts when the honorees came to downtown Charleston. “To see and meet those amazing people….”
His professional goal is simple…to be able to retire.
“Everything else is icing on the cake,” he says.
Gregory says he would not be happy off the road; he loves riding the bike too much.
He is married to Chrisey and they are currently parents to a 90-pound, year-old Rottweiler named Buddy.
He is active in his church and enjoys spending time with family. He says he loves football and is an Indianapolis Colts fan. He also enjoys a good book.
He volunteers with his church program called Celebrate Recovery, which is an AA-type religion-based program.
Oh, yeah, and he likes riding motorcycles both on and off duty.
His life goal is to leave the world better than what it was when he got here, he says. “I guess I just want God to be happy with my life.”
By nature of the job, he points out; All police officers help better the world.