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SCLEN, American Legion honor KCSO deputies

Posted: March 6, 2014 4:38 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN) recently honored Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy Kyle Hewitt as its Officer of the Year in the 5th Judicial Circuit. SCLEN is an organization of law enforcement agencies that work in individual South Carolina judicial districts with the mission to reduce DUI fatalities and collisions resulting in great bodily injury. In this case, the award is presented by the SCLEN 5th Circuit, covering Richland and Kershaw counties. The award, presented during a Feb. 24 ceremony, is sponsored by Lexington Richland Association for Drug Abuse Control (LRADAC) in Richland County and the ALPHA Center in Kershaw County.

Hewitt is a member of the KCSO’s traffic enforcement unit and is one of several deputies chosen to target drunk drivers. Hewitt’s supervisor nominated him for the award, commending Hewitt’s dedication, professionalism, hard work and passion for reducing DUI collisions in Kershaw County.

Three people intimately acquainted with the problem of drunk drivers selected Hewitt for the award: Ashley Bodiford of LRADAC, Steven Burritt of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Dale Smith of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy. Hewitt won the award out of a field of several other Kershaw County and Richland County DUI enforcement officers. He is now the first KCSO deputy chosen as the recipient of this award.

“Drunk drivers kill and maim more people in Kershaw County than are killed and injured in all other crimes put together. Deputy Hewitt has demonstrated exceptional skill in removing drunk drivers from the roads in Kershaw County,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “He, as well as all of our traffic enforcement officers are doing a tremendous job in making our roads safer.”

The SCLEN also recognized Sgt. James Steele of the Camden Police Department (CPD) as an Officer of the Year nominee. CPD Chief Joseph Floyd said Steele’s recognition was also the result of DUI enforcement.

“Steele was one of the nominees. To be a nominee you had to be selected as the best one from your agency,” Floyd said. “He was selected for his efforts in DUI enforcement. Steele had the highest numbers and stats in our department.”

In a separate ceremony Monday, Camden American Legion Post 17 honored KCSO Deputy Jarrett Greenway as its Deputy of the Year. The Legion recognized Greenway for his actions during a vehicle pursuit and arrest of a known narcotics trafficker in September 2013. During that incident, a suspect fled from a Lugoff apartment complex and led deputies on a high speed chase on U.S. 1 into Camden.

The suspect rammed Greenway’s patrol car in front of the Camden Walmart and drove directly into oncoming traffic. Greenway forced the suspect’s vehicle off the road into the K-Mart parking lot across the street where he took the suspect into custody. Greenway’s actions reportedly saved innocent motorists from the suspect’s oncoming, speeding vehicle.

Greenway earned the award after only serving slightly more than a year with the KCSO. He is retired from the U.S. Army, having served two tours of duty in Iraq and elsewhere. Greenway is married and the father of two young children.

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