The Coastal Carolina Shields is a fraternal group for retired law enforcement officers living in the Grand Strand region of North and South Carolina. The group’s mission is to provide an opportunity for retired officers to meet and network with each other in a social atmosphere.

We currently have over 1,000 members representing 350 + different law enforcement agencies from all over the United States, the District of Columbia, Federal Government, and our Canadian counterparts!


Some of the activities our members can join in are:

***Our Quarterly HR-218 Qualifications***

Golf Outings, Motorcycle Trips, Sporting Events, Fishing Trips, Shows, Cookouts, Christmas Party and more


We meet the first Tuesday of every month at The Legends Golf Course, 1500 Legends Drive (off Hwy 501) in Myrtle Beach. We encourage new members to come and visit with us. The meetings start at 7:00pm but you may arrive earlier to have something to eat and drink at the Legends Pub.

We look forward to seeing y'all at our next meeting.

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President                       James P. Gormley         Suffolk County Police Department, NY (Ret)      coastalcarolinashieldspresident@yahoo.com

Vice President             Joe Luzzi                          New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)

Secretary                       Jeff Fornarotto              Brick Township Police, NJ (Ret)

Treasurer                      John Schimmel             New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)

Financial Secretary    Craig Leidig                   Pompton Lakes Police Department, NJ (Ret)

Sergeant at Arms       Wayne Wells               Washington DC DOC/MPD, Wash DC (Ret)


Board of Directors

John Comparetto             Passaic County Sheriff's Dept., NJ/New York City PD, NY (Ret)

Lisa Midwood                      New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)

Bill Petras                                Middletown Police Department, CT (Ret.)

Duane Ragan                     New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)

Kenny Walters                 Garden City Police Department, NY (Ret)


Chaplain: Lou Haarstick         New York City Police Department, NY (Ret.)

Past Presidents:
(2008 – 2010) Michael Cannone – Middlesex County Sheriffs Office, NJ (Ret.)

(2010 – 2014) Dennis Cangelosi - Ramapo Police Department, NY (Ret.)

(2014 - 2016) Hank Betts - New York City Police Department, NY (Ret.)

(2016 - 2018)  Michael Grabarz -  Greenwich Police Department, CT (Ret)
John Stadelmann* - New York City Police Department, NY (Ret.)
*Honorary President

Requirements to become a member:

  • Membership in the Coastal Carolina Shields shall be open to any person who is a retired sworn Law Enforcement Officer who  resides full or part-time in North or South Carolina.  
  • Annual Dues are $25.00 plus a one time $5 initiation fee.


Click Here To Obtain An Application:


To email the Coastal Carolina Shields with any questions pertaining to membership click on this link


When a good cop leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he [she] knows what they are leaving behind, because we already know. We know for example that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breathe that remains in his frame. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from the life. You are only escaping the “job” and we are merely allowing you to leave “active” duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,” and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known."

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