MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Three months after a shooting incident at Socastee High School, a school resource officer credited with stopping a tragedy has been awarded "Officer of the Year" by an organization of retired police officers.
"He did a fabulous job, he saved lives, and he defused a very volatile situation," said Dennis Cangelosi, President of the Coastal Carolina Shields group. The group, comprised of over two hundred retired law enforcement officers, selected Erik Karney as their first award recipient.
Karney was on duty on Sept. 21 of last year at Socastee High School when investigators report a 14-year-old teen opened fire and attempted to use pipe bombs.
"It's not something I want to remember; I'm just thankful for their support, but I'm at a point where I want to move on," said Karney of the incident.
The teen remains in juvenile custody in Columbia, but could face charges as an adult if approved by an Horry County judge. The teen is expected back in court in mid-February.
With the case still ongoing, Karney was unable to discuss details about the incident from September. On Tuesday, both students and staff recognized Karney as a thoughtful leader who commanded much respect from the entire school.