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Officers get recognition

  • Friday, June 13, 2014

Jim Tatum/Journal Scene Sheriff L.C. Knight presents the Honor Guard Leadership Award to DCSO’s Cassandra Cooner. The award is presented annually to the DCSO officer or employee who exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities and work ethic.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office honored several of its own with a special luncheon and awards ceremony Tuesday at Wescott Plantation.

The Fourth Annual Honor Guard Award Luncheon recognizes officers and employees who set especially strong leadership examples for the department and for the community, Sheriff L.C. Knight said.

Sgt. Adam Sutton served as emcee, introducing guests and reading the citations for the honorees. Awards included the Drug Bust Award, Honor Guard Leadership Award, DCSO Unit Award, Honor Guard Service Awards, and DCSO Reserve Award.

Two K-9 Officers, DCSO Sgt. Justin Eaches and Charleston County Master Deputy Mason Ashby and their dogs, Rony and Ivar, received the Drug Bust Award for an incident that occurred April 14, 2014. The two officers were working traffic enforcement on I-95 when they saw a vehicle following another vehicle too closely. They made a traffic stop, received verbal consent to search the vehicle, and subsequently found two false compartments within the vehicle that contained $1,088,500 in cash, Sutton said.

Cassandra Cooner was this year’s recipient of the Honor Guard Leadership Award. Sutton praised Cooner’s dedicated service and leadership since joining the department in 2009.

“For enthusiasm, untiring energy and can-do attitude in going above and beyond the call of duty you have become the model of a leader that everyone should emulate,” Sutton said. “For not only being a self-motivator but also being able to motivate others in the performance of their duties, for having the highest work ethic that is beyond reproach, her contributions are in keeping with the highest traditions in the law enforcement community and reflect great credit upon herself, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, and Dorchester County.”

Knight presented the DCSO Reserve Award to Pvt. Frank Harris, a reserve deputy.

“You have given more than 2,000 hours of your time to professionally represent the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and serve this community,” Sutton said. “You have displayed the highest devotion to duty.”

Knight presented the DCSO Unit Award to the DCSO Honor Guard Unit, headed by Lt. Robert Biddle. The unit has volunteered more than 2,200 hours in performing functions such as funerals, parades, and presenting colors at public events since the unit’s formation in 2009.

Knight also presented Honor Guard Service Awards to the ten officers who serve with the unit. The recipients included Biddle, Sgt. Joli Tumbleston, Sgt. Adam Sutton, Sgt. Keith Hunt, Cpl. Jason Jones, Cpl. Lewis Judy, Cpl. Daniel Brown, Cpl. Corey Anderson, PFC James DeLong, and PFC Robert Hewitt.

“This is a special unit,” Knight noted. “They put in countless hours, in addition to their regular duties. They are a good example for the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and we greatly appreciate what they do.”

Biddle noted that the luncheon and the award are not only a positive morale booster for the officers, but the entire event did not cost the taxpayers any money but was provided entirely by donations. Biddle thanked the sponsors, which included Blue Knights International, The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, and Billy Colucci of Digital Jewelry.

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