The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF) named Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Sgt. Dexter Handy as its 2018 Deputy of the Year during the KCSO’s recent annual Christmas lunch. A surprised Handy, who currently oversees the KCSO’s school resource officer (SRO) program, accepted the award while surrounded by his co-workers at the luncheon, according to a press release.
The KCSF sponsors the award, which includes a commemorative plaque and $1,000 cash prize.
Handy began his career as a deputy sheriff in 2006 after retiring from the U.S. Navy as a senior chief petty officer earlier that year. He worked as a patrol deputy for two years before becoming an SRO for another two years. The sheriff’s office then promoted him to a position as a criminal investigator, in which he served for eight years.
In early 2018, he accepted the position of SRO supervisor where, according to KCSF Chairman Steve Zobel, Handy has done a commendable job.
“Protecting our children is top priority in Kershaw County, and we can rest easy with a man like Sgt. Dexter Handy leading our team of SROs,” Zobel said in the press release.
Most recently, Handy organized the purchase and distribution of Thanksgiving meals to 30 needy county families, as well as more than $300 in Walmart gift cards to families who needed a little boost during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Handy is married with two children and two grandchildren. He and his wife live in Lugoff.