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KCSF bestows Price Award to late Bill Heil

Posted: May 28, 2018 6:06 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Nancy Heil (front row, right), wife of the late Bill Heil, holds the KCSF 2018 Leonard Price “Friend of Law Enforcement” Award, bestowed posthumously to Heil, who died in 2016. Also pictured are: (front row, left) Kathy Price-Stitt, (from left, middle row) Bonnie Smart; Beth Tisdale; Benji Jackson; KCSF Chair Steve Zobel; (back row) Cab Stitt; Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews; the Rev. Marion Bennett; Post 195 Commander Jim Fitzgerald; and American Legion S.C. State Commander Michael Strauss.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF), along with members of Leonard Price’s family, awarded the 2018 “Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award” posthumously to Bill Heil of Lugoff at a recent meeting of Larry Jeffers American Legion Post No. 195 where Heil was a member.

“Bill Heil faithfully served our nation, our state and our local community,” KCSF Chair Steve Zobel said in a press release. “As a founder and leader in American Legion Post 195 in Lugoff, Heil led the charge to support the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office in any way possible, including providing ammunition at a critical time for the department.”

Along with organizing and chartering Post 195, Heil was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Non-Commissioned Officers Association and the Elks. He served in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Reserve and the South Carolina National Guard.

“Bill Heil was a servant who always showed up with a smile,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in the press release. “Bill, his wife Nancy, and the entire team at Post 195 are leaving a legacy of supporting law enforcement and our community, state and nation in any way they can.”

Heil died September 2, 2016, on his 74th birthday. He was married to his wife, Nancy, for 20 years. She remains active with the American Legion.

The KCSF annual Friend of Law Enforcement Award is named after the late Leonard L. Price, who was a resident of the North Central area of Kershaw County. Price invested heavily in supporting law enforcement and education throughout South Carolina.

“My father would be pleased to have a man like Bill Heil win this award,” Kathy Price-Stitt, a resident of Kershaw County and a member of the KCSF Board, said. “Bill willingly served our country, and all of us, with a determination that one man could make a difference. He did just that.”

Stitt and her sister, Beth Tisdale, also of Kershaw County, helped present the 2018 award.

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