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SCHP honors outstanding work of Troopers, telecommunications for 2013

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L/Cpl. Salvatore Cirencione with his mother accepting the 2013 Trooper of the Year Award from SCDPS Director Leroy Smith and SCHP Colonel Mike Oliver. L/Cpl. Salvatore Cirencione with his mother accepting the 2013 Trooper of the Year Award from SCDPS Director Leroy Smith and SCHP Colonel Mike Oliver.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol, a division of SCDPS, recognized troopers and Telecommunications personnel from around the state today at the Trooper of the Year ceremony honoring acts of courage and dedicated service for 2013. The department also presented Medal of Valor Awards to troopers for bravery and the Director’s Citizen Hero Award to two private citizens who helped save a life following a collision. Troopers and TCOs from each area of the state were honored as winners representing their area of the state. One overall winner was named for Trooper of the Year and Telecommunications Officer of the Year. L/Cpl. Salvatore Cirencione, Troop One/Midlands area, was chosen as the statewide Trooper of the Year. Telecommunications Officer Britanie Bratcher, Troop Three/Greenville area, was chosen as overall TCO of the Year.

“I am so proud of the way these men and women have represented TEAM DPS,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “Today was a day of celebration when we came together with our families -- and as a family -- to applaud our heroes. I extend my deep gratitude to each of our winners for a job well done.”

“We have so many personnel performing heroic and lifesaving acts every day that it is difficult to narrow the pool to just a few,” said Highway Patrol Commander Col. Mike Oliver. “Today represents the best of the best and I am so proud of each of these winners. They were recognized – not just for a single act – but a combination of dedicated work ethic, professionalism and acts of courage.”

Troop One AND OVERALL STATEWIDE TROOPER OF THE YEAR:
L/Cpl. Salvatore Cirencione, Post C/Lexington
Troop Two:
L/Cpl. James C. Ashley, Post B/Abbeville-Greenwood

Troop Three:
S/Tpr. Luke D. Perry, Post C/Lexington

Troop Four:
S/Tpr. A. Scott Darby, Post C/Chester-Fairfield

Troop Five:
L/Cpl. John W. Ellis II, Post B/Dillon-Florence-Marion

Troop Six:
L/Cpl. Mark E. McDonald, Post B/Colleton-Dorchester

Troop Seven:
S/Tpr. Steven M. Williams, Post B/Orangeburg-Calhoun

Troop Eight:
Cpl. Bradley D. Dowis, K-9/Greenville

Troop Nine:
L/Cpl. Todd J. Proctor, Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team/Charleston

Troop Ten:
Cpl. James F. Jordan, Insurance Enforcement, Pee Dee

Troop 11:
Cpl. William T. Rhyne, Headquarters (Community Relations Officer)
** Cpl. Rhyne works in Troop Three, Greenville

Telecommunications Winners:
TCO Von L. Carrigg Jr., Blythewood TCC 
ATS Carl F. Devault III, Florence TCC
TCO Mahailey D. Amos, Charleston TCC
TCO Britanie R. Bratcher, Greenville TCC AND OVERALL STATEWIDE WINNER
TCO Tamesha L. Strong, Greenwood

Director’s Hero Award:

Trooper Adam H. Crouch (Troop One)
L/Cpl. Mark E. McDonald (Troop Six)


Director’s Citizen Hero Award:
Ms. Ruth Brown, Fort Lawn, SC
Larry Tate, Fort Lawn, SC

Medal of Valor:

L/Cpl. Salvatore Cirencione, Troop One

S/Tpr. Luke D. Perry, Troop Three

Cpl. Jon V. Eddins, Troop Four
L/Cpl. Johnnie L. Godfrey, Troop Four
L/Cpl. James G. Miller, Troop Four

L/Cpl. Douglas J. Sarvis, Troop Five
L/Cpl. Micah K. Frost, Troop Five


50 YEARS Of SERVICE:
Ronnie Horton, SCHP Telecommunications

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