Overpass on Harrellson Boulevard named after fallen Myrtle Beach police officer

Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 9:11 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 11:22 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - A bridge in Myrtle Beach now bears the name of the city’s fallen police officers.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department held a dedication ceremony Friday for Ofc. Jacob Hancher at the overpass on Harrellson Boulevard, which is now known as the “Patrolman Jacob Hancher Overpass.”

Members of Hancher’s family, as well as Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock and Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune, all spoke at the ceremony.

“Jacob lived and loved intentionally it was how he interacted and connected,” said Chief Prock.

Hancher, 23, was shot and killed in the line of duty in October 2020 while responding to a call for a domestic disturbance on 14th Avenue South.

“The horrific memories of that event will never be forgotten,” said Mayor Bethune.

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Friday also marks the second road dedicated in Hancher’s memory, with River Oaks Drive now bearing his name as Officer Jacob Hancher Memorial Highway.

“It is the strength of this community that’s gotten our family through,” said Suzie Williams.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department will honor Hancher during National Police Week held every year in May.

Since his passing, Hancher has been inducted into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame and his name is also etched into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall which honors fallen officers in Washington, DC.

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