MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - An act of kindness from a local five year old has earned him the honor of the Civilian Service Award.
Garrett Patterson of Moncks Corner was recognized for "service in the performance of an outstanding act which substantially aided the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office in the performance of their duties."
On the morning of May 18, Patterson was listening to the local media when he heard incident reports of law enforcement officials from local, state, and federal agencies. At the time, the officials were in pursuit of a person of interest in connection to the shooting of Lieutenant Will Rogers. Patterson responded with the help of his mother to prepare food and deliver it to the officials involved in the search.
Patterson's award states that his “extraordinary effort lifted up the morale of all personnel involved in the search. Because of Mr. Garrett Patterson's efforts, the Sheriff's Office personnel, as well as all other personnel involved, were able to continue with their search knowing they had the support of the community.”
According to Henerey, Patterson has also been named as an honorary deputy in addition to his award and a gift bag.
“We are so proud to have Garrett Patterson as an honorary deputy,” Berkeley County Sheriff Henerey said. “Garrett is a truly impressive young man with great thoughtfulness and maturity. His service to our department and the other agencies will never be forgotten.”
Patterson enjoyed time with Sheriff Henerey, Chief Deputy Rick Ollic and Major Anthony Phyall after accepting his award and badge.
“I appreciate them a lot,” Patterson responded. “I wish I could have stayed with them all day.”
The young honorary deputy will also be recognized by Sheriff Henerey and County Supervisor Bill Peagler for his service to the Sheriff's Office at the County Council meeting on June 22.