By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office dedicated its Fallen Officers Memorial this afternoon during a brief ceremony at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center.
The monument, which is located across from the front entrance of the LEC, is inscribed with the name of the late Deputy Bill Schuck and coincides with his passing five years ago tomorrow. Deputy Schuck died after being pinned between his patrol vehicle and a tree on a dirt road off of Highway 11 in the Picket Post Community. Schuck served with the Sheriff’s Office for 2 years and before that with the West Columbia Police Department for 2 years. Members of Deputy Schuck’s family attended the ceremony today, including his widow and son.
Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw made a few brief remarks before he and former Oconee County Sheriff James Singleton unveiled the black marker. Singleton was Oconee County Sheriff in 2010.
Among the other dignitaries who attended the ceremony today were Oconee State Senator Thomas Alexander, South Carolina District One House Member Bill Whitmire, Former Oconee County Sheriff Earl Holcombe, Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder, and Oconee County Council members Edda Cammick and Paul Cain.
Besides officers from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Salem Police Chief David Poulson attended the ceremony.
Sheriff Crenshaw credited Chief Deputy Kevin Davis and Detention Office Gene Evans with the work on getting the monument installed and for the project itself. No tax dollars were used in acquiring the monument or having it installed.
The Oconee County Veterans Affairs Office and Assistant Veterans Affairs Director Janice Matheson provided the wreath that was used at today’s ceremony.
Also located next to the monument is a small tombstone to honor Oconee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Dasher, who died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident that occurred along I-85 in January of 2010. Dasher served the Sheriff’s Office from August 12th, 2005 to January 13th, 2010.