Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Every year the Knights of Columbus honor firefighters, police officers, rescue personnel and dispatchers for their service to the community.
To be named a Knights of Columbus Officer of the Year is a heady honor.
This year, members of Summerville Police Department, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Summerville Fire Department and Old Fort Fire Department earned that honor. Some earned it for doing their job exceptionally well. Others for heroic efforts.
Tershuna Lewis, SPD Dispatcher of Year
“Our dispatch honoree is one of 14 dispatchers at SPD. Dispatchers have a very difficult and often stressful job. With the amount of multi-tasking they must deal with…adding an event such as an ice storm or a hurricane increases the stress even more….Tershuna Lewis was hired in November of 2012…has three children…has an associate degree in Criminal Justice and has attended SPD Reserve Training. Her trainer says ‘her motherly patience shows in her work and she has affectionately been given the nickname Grandma.’” – Major Frank Nigro for Police Chief Bruce Owens
PFC Wade Rollings, SPD Officer of the Year
“While off duty on September 17, PFC Rollings heard a call dispatched for a robbery that had just occurred at Collucci’s Jewelers on Main Street. Rollings was in the area and parked his vehicle on N.Main Street in the center median … to observe north-bound traffic on 17A and traffic entering I-26 east and west. When dispatch broadcast the vehicle description, Rollings observed the vehicle…attempting to enter I-26 westbound…relayed the information to dispatch, then joined other units apprehending the vehicle. He also assisted in recovering the stolen jewelry valued at more than $30,000.” – Major Frank Nigro for Police Chief Bruce Owens
Brandon Bryant, SFD, Firefighter of the Year
“Brandon started in the fire service as an explorer with Summerville Fire-Rescue in 2002. He became a paid firefighter in 2006. In 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Engineer. Brandon is a dedicated employee and doesn’t know the meaning of the word off-duty. Last year, while returning from a trip to Charleston while off-duty, he and a fellow firefighter rode up on a motor vehicle accident. The car involved in the accident was on fire and a person was trapped inside. With no other emergency responders on the scene, these two went into action and pulled the person out of the vehicle to safety. They then assisted EMS with loading the victim.” – SFD Chief Richard Waring
Shauna Lloyd, DCSO Dispatcher of the Year
“On the morning of April 4, 2013, Dispatcher Shauna Lloyd received a 911 call from a panicked male stating his wife was having a baby…that the contractions were less than three minutes apart and that she felt the need to push. Shauna guided the father through the birthing process and ‘stayed on the phone with him until EMS arrived.’As of this date mother and baby are doing well. Shauna has been employed with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center since April 2010. Her calm demeanor, training and professionalism only goes to prove that she is not only an asset to Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office but also to the citizens of this county.” – Sheriff L.C. Knight
Detective Cpl. Keith Elmore, DCSO Deputy of the Year
“Detective Elmore was assigned a murder investigation when a body was discovered in the Grover area … the body was identified as being a 23-year-old male who was reported missing from another jurisdiction. Through hard and tenacious work, Detective Elmore was able to identify a suspect. During the interview the suspect gave a statement that implicated himself in the murder of the victim. The investigation was open for five months and worked on by three different investigators since the victim was reported missing. Elmore used his 16 years experience to track down all available leads and was able to get the suspect to admit his involvement. Elmore is a Summerville native and active in his community enjoying teaching and coaching children and adults in athletic events. – Sheriff L.C. Knight
Christopher Sarine, Old Fort Fire Department Firefighter of the Year
“This firefighter started with us as a volunteer on Sept. 5, 2009. He began his paid career Jan. 20, 2010. In the summer of 2013 we received a call to respond to a drowning. Upon arrival, the child was not breathing. Rescue efforts were initiated and the child was transported to the hospital. Upon successful resuscitation efforts the child was revived. On Sept. 16, 2013 Dorchester County Council (recognized) the valiant efforts of Firefighter Chris Sarine, Kevin Varnadoe, a senior paramedic crew chief and Liz Rowell, an EMT crew member with Dorchester County EMS, in preserving the life of a child who was not breathing when they arrived on the scene. To this day Firefighter Sarine remains very humble and attributes the success of the call to just doing his job. This mentality is what makes him a huge asset to our organization and a valued member among his peers.” – OFFD Chief Ed Genthert
Scott Chisholm, Dorchester County EMS of the Year
“Scott joined our department in October 2007 as a part-time EMT. He became a full-time employee in December of that year. He was in the second year of the Paramedic Associates Degree program at Trident Technical College. In September 2008 Scott was promoted to paramedic crew member and in December 2008 he was promoted to paramedic crew chief. Scott has excelled in our department. His patient care is extraordinary. He is a part of our Special Operations Team, Bike Team, and our Tactical EMS team. Scott is a teacher and mentor. The department provides field internship training for two paramedic and EMT programs. Scott enjoys teaching and working with students as they progress through their training. Scott was recommended for this recognition by his shift supervisor and selected by the Command Staff of the department.” – DCEMS Director Doug Warren
During the ceremony, Old Fort Fire Chief Ed Genthert also recognized Old Fort’s Chaplaincy team.
Along with the agency heads, at the head table were Scott Flick, KOC Master of Ceremonies; Msgr. Chet Moczydlowski, council chaplain; District Deputy Roy Massey; Grand Knight Scott Jackson; and Summerville Mayor Bill Collins.
Collins summed it up succinctly: “Those in this room are all givers and that’s what makes Summerville so special.”
The banquet was prepared by members including the kitchen crew Paul Urko, his mother Rita Urko of Pennsylvania, and Denny Nacco. Both Urko and Nacco are past Grand Knights.
George Metzinger was in charge of organizing the banquet and Boy Scout Troop 737, sponsored by the KOC, helped serve and clean up.