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SC Sheriffs’ Association to recognize Florence officer’s acts of valor

Florence County Sheriff's Office
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Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 1:58 PM EST
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FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association is set to recognize Lieutenant Johnny Hicks 25 law enforcement officers for acts of valor.

The ceremony will take place on January 20, where Hicks and 24 officers from around the state (listed below) will be awarded a Medal of Valor.

The award is presented to officers who perform actions above and beyond the call of duty, exhibit exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness, and presence of mind; or act with unusual swiftness, regardless of their personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life, according to SCSA officials.

“All law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” said Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt Sr., Medal of Valor Committee Chairman. “However, the officers we have selected to receive the Medal of Valor Award this year truly deserve special recognition as their actions were heroic and extraordinary.”

Notably, a group of Chester County deputies is included in this year’s awards after entering a manhunt with a (then unknown) serial killer.

Here are the law enforcement officers who will be receiving the award:

  • Deputy Nicholas Vecchione, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Micah Cox, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
  • First Sergeant Henry Huger McClellan, SC Department of Natural Resources
  • TEMS Operator Meridith Leventis, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Patrol Sgt. Richard Branham, Chester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Patrol Cpl. Jordan Brown, Chester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Sydney Canipe, Chester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Marcus Beasley, Chester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Quentin Eley, Chester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Dashaun Boyd, Chester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Johnny Arcilla, Chester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Narcotics Sgt. John “Trey” Hunter, Chester County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Johnny Hicks, Florence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Mark Harden, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Colin Price, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sgt. Patrick Swift, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Master
  • Deputy Matthew Broad, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Kyle Alexander, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Ryan Humber & K9 Nikos, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Brianna Kay Miller, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Leonard Jesuele, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office (Unable to Attend)
  • Sgt. David Earl Lawson, Newberry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Corporal Kenneth Wayne Hancock, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office
  • Corporal Matthew Barwick, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office
  • Corporal Bradley Hynes, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office

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