The February 5th meeting was our annual "Officer of the Year" presentation.
Horry County Police Corporal Ryan Headley is this year's recipient. He is being awarded for his actions on December 9, 2012, when he encountered a suicidal male who was barricaded in his apartment, had already cut himself and was armed with a shotgun. He was able to negotiate the subject's surrender without further injuries to subject, responding officers, and the public. We are proud to be able to honor him.
Also honored was Investigator Melvyn Garrett of the Georgetown County Sheriffs Office for Meritorious Police Duty. He investigated & apprehended a subject for Attempted Murder of one of our pwn members.
Thank you all who attended. This was our largest turnout for a meeting yet with over 200 people in attendance!
Welcome to the the 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."
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 450 members from more than 170 different law enforcement agencies representing 20 states, the Federal Government and our Canadian counterparts ... Snowbirds are welcome! Curious to see if your agency is represented? Click here!
We meet monthly but but also coordinate many group activities as well. Please visit the events page for our all of upcoming functions.
Some events the Shields have successfully scheduled:
**Quarterly HR-218 Qualifications**
Golf Outings, motorcycle trips, sports events, Casino Cruise, Fishing , Shows, Cookouts, Christmas Party & more
The group meets every first Tuesday of every month at 6PM at Liberty Tap Room, 7651 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. We encourage new members to come and visit with us. Please note that all new members are asked to show retiree law enforcement credentials upon application.
We look forward to seeing y'all at the next meeting.
How to become a member:
President Dennis Cangelosi Ramapo Police Department, NY (Ret)
Vice president Hank Betts NYPD (Ret.)
Secretary Mike Grabarz Greenwich PD, CT
Treasurer Jim Cattrano NYPD (Ret)
Financial Secretary Michael Fanning NYPD (Ret)
Sergeant-at-Arms Joe Luzzi NYPD (Ret)
Board of Directors
Gary Curtis Metropolitan Police Department, Washington DC (Ret)
Leo Smith Suffolk County Police Department, NY (Ret)
Cheryl Bode New York State Dept of Corrections (Ret)
Terry Byrne New Jersey State Police (Ret)
Carl Cinardo Lyndhurst Police Department, NJ (Ret)
Chaplain: Lou Haarstick, NYPD (Ret)
Michael Cannone Middlesex County Sheriffs Office, NJ (Ret)
John Stadelmann* NYPD (Ret)
Contact Us ... email one of the board members above or send US mail to:
Association members can keep up to date with events, contact other members of the group, view photos, and obtain recent news by joining the SC Shields Yahoo group by clicking the box below. lf you have difficulty joining the yahoo group please email Michael Fanning. You can also visit us at our Facebook page.
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