Chief Joe Hill
Horry County Police Department
Coastal Carolina Shields
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."
President Michael Grabarz Greenwich Police Department, CT (Ret)
Vice President James Cattrano New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)
Secretary James Gormley Suffolk County Police Department, NY (Ret)
Treasurer Carl Cinardo Lyndhurst Police Department, NJ (Ret)
Financial Secretary Craig Leidig Pompton Lakes Police Department, NJ (Ret)
Sergeant at Arms Joe Luzzi New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)
Board of Directors
John Comparetto Passaic County Sheriff's Dept., NJ/New York City PD, NY (Ret)
Dennis Cangelosi Ramapo Police Department, NY (Ret.)
Lisa Midwood New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)
Bill Petras Middletown Police Department, CT (Ret.)
George Schultz Byram Township PD, NJ (Ret.)
Chaplain: Lou Haarstick New York City Police Department, NY (Ret.)
(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.)
John Stadelmann* - New York City Police Department, NY (Ret.)
The Coastal Carolina Shields 911 Ceremony
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Each year for the past nine years the Coastal Carolina Shields gather on September 11th to honor and pay homage to all those who perished on that fateful day. We mourn the loss of those who continue to pay the ultimate price.
Member Lisa Midwood composed this poem just days after the attack while she was serving at ground zero.
Before the attack when they stood as two, each edifice
stretched high soaring into the blue.
Upon the assault of each tower in the early morning hour,
the lives of many came to a halt by terrorist fault.
In the din, as each collapsed to the ground prayers were heard
for loved ones to be found and every American hero
that perished at ground zero.
The calamity of crumbled metal and twisted steel made it
all so terribly real.
Our flag waved endlessly amongst the pile as the sight and
smell of the inferno reeked, mile upon mile.
By the pledge, the city will carry on, volunteers worked
above and beyond.
With all hope to find a survivor in each passing hour
digging continued with sweat and pride by every creed,
color and hide.
The evil deed done by Osama Bin Laden, would not get our
He tried to crush our spirit and make us weak, Instead we
stand united unwilling to break our peak.
We will flourish anew as a blooming flower and in the end
remain in supreme power.
Chief Joe Hill Keynote Speaker
The Chief during his speech to our members related that he was working as a Lieutenant for the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia at the time of the attacks. His memory of that day was the way some people remember as their Pearl Harbor, where they were when the assassinations of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Martin Luther King took place. The Chief told the members that we all have a day that we will remember all of our lives. It changed the way we work, respond, and care for those affected. It changed the way we do policing. We will always remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
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 900 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.