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Hewitt is KCSO Deputy of the Year

Posted: December 17, 2015 5:55 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2015 1:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Sgt. Kyle Hewitt (center) holds his 2015 Kershaw County Deputy of the Year Award, joined by (on the front row) his wife, Katie; and four sons, John Michael, Samuel, Seth and Joshua. In the back row are (from left) Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF) board members Steve Smart, Lee Parker and Steve Zobel; Sheriff Jim Matthews; and KCSF board members Kathy Stitt, Nicole Key and Jack Rushing. Hewitt received the award during the KCSO’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 12 at the Kershaw County Government Center.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Sgt. Kyle Hewitt, his wife, Katie, and their four sons attended the department’s annual Christmas party Dec. 12 at the Kershaw County Government Center. According to colleagues, Hewitt had been told to attend the gathering not merely for the camaraderie with fellow officers and their families, but because one of the fellow deputies on his shift was being named Deputy of the Year by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF).

So, when Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews called out his name as KCSF’s 2015 Deputy of the Year, Hewitt’s face, understandably, showed a bit of surprise. Another surprise: the award came with a $1,000 check from an anonymous couple.

According to a nomination letter from a Kershaw County citizen provided by the KCSF, the organization honored Hewitt due to his leadership, and commitment to his family, job and community.

“Since Sgt. Hewitt joined the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, he has proven over and over again his commitment to the office,” the letter reads. “He had worked his way from a deputy, traffic officer and now an assistant shift supervisor, a member of the bloodhound team and a member of the SRT (special response team).”

The letter goes on to say Hewitt obtained his drug recognition expert (DRE) certification while working on the KCSO’s traffic unit. There are only 146 DRE’s in South Carolina.

“This is a low number considering all of the different agencies throughout South Carolina. Sgt. Hewitt then went on to become a certified DRE instructor. In the state of South Carolina, there are only 21 DRE instructors,” the letter reads.

It concludes by stating Hewitt has always done extra work with the community and with his fellow officers.

“Sgt. Hewitt would always work extra whenever he was needed or called. This speaks highly of the caliber deputy that Sgt. Hewitt has become and the professionalism of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office,” the letter ends.

Matthews said Hewitt has always demonstrated the qualities of an outstanding deputy.

“He is professional, courteous and committed to our community,” Matthews said. “If my mother got pulled over, Hewitt is the kind of officer I would want on the scene.”

The sheriff also thanked the community and donors of the $1,000 check for their support.

“Working law enforcement is an increasingly tough job. Community support means a lot to those of us who have devoted our lives to protecting our community. Thank you to those who nominated deputies and thank you to our anonymous donors for their generous contribution.”

During the party -- which took place immediately after the Kershaw County Christmas Parade -- deputies, KCSO staff and their families enjoyed a meal of chili and cornbread or pizza and dessert.

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