Photo Gallery | Highway Patrol Honors Troopers, Telecommunications Personnel
The South Carolina Highway Patrol recognized troopers and telecommunications personnel from around the state today at the Trooper/TCO of the Year ceremony in Blythewood. The Highway Patrol, joined by SCDPS Director Leroy Smith, recognized valor, attention to detail and overall outstanding work ethic for the men and women that make up the Highway Patrol, which has more than 900 employees.
S/Tpr. Anthony B. Fox, Troop Five, was named South Carolina Trooper of the Year. Ms. Lauren Barron, Blythewood TCC, was named TCO of the Year.
The Highway Patrol named a winner from each of the seven Troops and three specialty units. The Telecommunications Officers were also recognized for outstanding service to the public and support to the troopers.
Fox has been with the Highway Patrol since 2008 assigned to Troop 5, Dillon, Florence and Marion counties. He currently serves on the DUI Team. Fox’s investigative skills during a traffic stop helped lead Clarendon County investigators to the arrest of a suspect in a woman’s murder.
On November 23, 2011, an alert for a possible impaired driver was dispatched in Florence County. S/Tpr. Fox conducted a traffic stop on the wanted vehicle and subsequently arrested the driver for DUI. While completing an inventory of the suspect’s vehicle, S/Tpr. Fox noticed several pieces of property including women’s jewelry, televisions, DVD players and a wallet belonging to a female with a Clarendon County address.
Further investigation revealed that on the same day as Fox’s traffic stop, the suspect had allegedly entered a female’s home with intentions of burglary but killed her when she returned home and found the suspect inside her home. The suspect was later charged with homicide.
“S/Tpr. Fox’s traffic stop was the key to this arrest because he used his training and experience to look beyond an ordinary traffic stop and follow his instincts to investigate further,” said Col. Mike Oliver. “This is the kind of attention to detail that we try emphasize to all of our troopers. We are so proud of Fox -- not only for this arrest -- but the overall pattern of outstanding work he exhibits each shift.”