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Horry County Council honors fallen Myrtle Beach police officer during meeting

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 3:32 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach police officer who gave his life to serve and protect his community, was honored during the Horry County Council meeting on Tuesday night.

The Horry County Council adopted a resolution recognizing fallen Myrtle Beach police Pfc. Jacob Hancher.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Remembering Myrtle Beach Pfc. Jacob Hancher

Hancher was killed while responding to a domestic violence call on Oct. 3, 2020. A gunman opened fire, killing Hancher and hurting another officer. The gunman, 20-year-old John Derek Aycoth, was shot and killed by police during the shootout.

“Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Hancer unholstered his weapon and returned fire in his continuing effort to protect both the community and his fellow officers,” the resolution states.

The resolution also directs that a portion of River Oaks Boulevard be re-named as the Officer Jacob Hancher Memorial Highway “in memory of his commitment, dedication, service and devotion to others.”

Hancher’s mother, Suzanne Williams, and members of the Myrtle Beach Police Department were at the meeting as the resolution was adopted. Williams thanks the council for this recognition.

“Thank you for all that you have done to keep my son’s memory alive, and thank you to these fine officers and public safety officials in both fire and police that do so much to keep our community safe. And as a mother of a police officer and firefighter, thank you beyond words for everything that y’all do so thank you,” Williams said.

Hancher will also be recognized on Wednesday when he is inducted into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Florence Regional Airport Ofc. Jackson Winkeler who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in January 2020 and Horry County police Cpl. Michael Ambrosino who lost his battle to COVID-19 in August 2020 will also be inducted into the S.C. Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Reporter Katherine Phillips will be in Columbia on Wednesday for this event and will have a full report on the ceremony honoring the fallen officers starting at 4 p.m. on WMBF News.

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