Rep. John McCravy honored 19 officers of the Sheriff’s Department for over 2 decades of service last Thursday as part of his mission to thank Greenwood’s top-notch teams of first responders on behalf of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Families, friends, and colleagues of the recognized officers gathered in the Greenwood County Library County Council Chambers. Rev. David Evans, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Greenwood, opened the ceremony with prayer. Originally, 26 officers were to be honored, but 7 were out on calls, keeping Greenwood safe. A second presentation for them will be held at a later date.
“It’s amazing to see how many highly qualified officers we have here in Greenwood.” Rev. Evans remarked. They are undeniably a highly trained, experienced, and decorated team of men and women.
“Every day in the House of Representatives, the Chaplain starts with prayer, and part of that prayer is for the safety of our first responders.” Rep. McCravy says. “I want the first responders in my district to know they are prayed for.”
The officers honored were:
Capt. Brian Penn – 20 years of service
Sgt. Jeff Graham – 20 years of service
Sgt. Wayne Findley – 21 years of service
Lt. Derrick Smith – 22 years of service
Cynthia Owens, Records Dept. – 22 years of service
Capt. Marc Cromer – 22 years of service
Dep. Gary Moore – 23 years of service
Lt. Eddie Smith – 24 years of service
Dep. Kevin Reeder – 24 years of service
Capt. Wallace Enlow – 25 years of service
Sgt. Sharon Middleton – 25 years of service
Capt. Sam Watts – 26 years of service
Sgt. Bobby Grogan – 27 years of service
Sheriff Dennis Kelly – 30 years of service
Dep. Eric Inks – 31 years of service
Dep. Jimmy Boggs – 33 years of service
Major Lonnie Smith – 34 years of service
Donna Knight, Records Dept. – 36 years of service
Dep. Coke Brown – 45 years of service
Rep. McCravy presented each officer with a certificate of recognition from the SC House of Representatives. He also presented the Sheriff’s Department with a plum cake from his wife, Dana. “Maybe the cake was the most important presentation of the night.” McCravy said.
Special thanks to Major Lonnie Smith and Sheriff Dennis Kelley for coordinating this ceremony.