Former police chief honors the life, legacy of NMB Sgt. Gordon Best

Published: Jan. 2, 2021 at 2:47 PM EST
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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Sgt. Gordon William Best was known for being a dedicated and hard working officer with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety.

His life was taken too soon in the early-morning hours of New Years Day.

Numerous community members and organizations are paying their respects to Best, including the man who hired him.

Phil Webster has since retired from the North Myrtle Beach Police Department. During his tenure, he served as the police chief. He first brought Best on as an intern with the department.

“He came in very enthusiastic and wanting to learn about the agency,” Webster said. “Right off the bat, you could tell he was a great guy, just a great personality. Later on he applied to the department and did really good during the process, and he was hired. I know he was extremely proud of that. If there’s one thing about him, he always wanted to do the best. He wanted to do everything perfectly. He just had that desire and drive about him. Just a great guy.”

Webster says the last time he saw Best was in October at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

It was tough day. Both Webster and Best were attending the funeral services for Myrtle Beach Police Officer Jacob Hancher. He recalled the final conversation he had with Best as they attended the funeral.

“I didn’t speak to him very long, just said, ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ and that type of thing,” Webster said. “One thing that made me smile was seeing the sergeant strips on his uniform. Because at that time I didn’t know he had been promoted to sergeant. I told him how happy I was to see him and that it looked like he was doing great.”

Webster said even at the young age of 30, it was no surprise Best was a sergeant because he worked hard for it, further stating he was the type of person who wanted to excel in all he did on the job, living up to his last name ‘Best’ for both his community and the department.

Webster said the work ethic was a family trait and Best was proudly following in his family’s footsteps.

“He was sort of a legacy officer,” Webster said. “His father was a police officer with North Myrtle Beach for a number of years. I actually worked with his father when I started back in 1992. His mother was also a dispatcher when I began with North Myrtle Beach and she went up through the ranks and became a supervisor.”

Webster said Best will be remembered for being just that, the best.

“He wanted to do the best [in his work] and do everything perfectly,” Webster said. “He just had that desire and drive about him. Took a lot of self pride in how he handled business. Just a great guy, a fine police officer.”

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