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KCSO Deputy of the Year

Tracey 'Tick' Wilson receives Latham Award

Posted: December 6, 2011 4:31 p.m.
Updated: December 7, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tracey “Tick” Wilson (center) is congratulated by Sheriff Jim Matthews (left) and Joe Upchurch of Upchurch & Jowers Insurance on winning the 2011 W. Roger Latham Deputy of the Year Award. This is the 15th year Upchurch has supported the sheriff’s office by funding the award. Kershaw County residents nominate deputies for the award. A panel of private individuals chooses the winner.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy Tracey “Tick” Wilson has been named the 2011 winner of the W. Roger Latham Deputy of the Year Award.

The law enforcement service award recognizes exceptional qualities of service and dedication throughout the year, said Kershaw County businessman Joe Upchurch, who sponsors the award through his insurance firm, Upchurch and Jowers.

“Roger Latham was one of the finest law enforcement officers I ever met,” said Upchurch. “He served Kershaw County well for more than 27 years and it’s an honor to recognize Deputy Wilson’s commitment with this award.”

Wilson is a corporal in the warrant division and has worked for the KCSO for 12 years. He is the father of three children and lives in the Westville community.

Upchurch, through his insurance business, established and funds the annual award, including a $1,000 cash prize. Members of the community nominate deputies and a private panel of individuals chooses the winner.

“Mr. Upchurch has supported the sheriff’s office through this annual award for 15 years,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “His generosity and support means a lot to those of us who have devoted our lives to protecting our community. I want to thank Mr. Upchurch and congratulate Deputy Wilson.”

During the awards ceremony, Upchurch noted Wilson “looks a little different” than last year. Wilson lost more than 100 pounds after he started an exercise routine and healthy eating habits. Physical health is one of the goals of Matthews’ administration.

Sunday’s award ceremony took place as the sheriff’s office and members of Kershaw County Central (911) Communications gathered for a Christmas celebration. Employees brought their families to Little Theatre in Camden for pictures with Santa and a movie.


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