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Latham award to honor top KCSO deputy
Latham award
Joe Upchurch (right) and Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews show off the W. Roger Latham Deputy of the Year Award. The public nominates road deputies who best exhibit the qualities of service and dedication throughout the year. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Fourteen years ago, Joe Upchurch decided to honor the memory of a man many considered the county’s top deputy. W. Roger Latham, chief deputy at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) at the time, died suddenly on April 23, 1997. “Roger was a prince of a fellow, with extended family throughout the county,” Upchurch said during a recent interview in Sheriff Jim Matthew’s office at KCSO headquarters.