Our February meeting was our annual Officer of the Year Award ceremony where we honored Trooper Doug Sarvis of the SC Highway Patrol.
It was a great show of support for our local law enforcement & the board would like to thank everyone who participated.
Trooper Sarvis with the Executive Board Members.
Media coverage was very positive and in case you missed the event here are a few links to the ceremony & story:
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 650 members representing 250+ different law enforcement agencies from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Federal Government, and our Canadian counterparts! Curious to see if your agency is represented? Click here!
We meet the first Tuesday of the month 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, Sporting Events, Fishing , Shows, Cookouts, Christmas Party & more
Our meeting location is the clubhouse of The Legends Golf Course, 1500 Legends Drive (off Hwy 501) inMyrtle 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.
Requirements to become a member:
President Hank Betts NYC Police Department (Ret.)
Vice president Michael Fanning NYC Police Department (Ret.)
Secretary Mike Grabarz Greenwich PD, CT (Ret.)
Treasurer Jim Cattrano NYC Police Department (Ret.)
Financial Secretary Craig Leidig Pompton Lakes PD, NJ (Ret.)
Sergeant-at-Arms Lisa Midwood NYC Police Department (Ret)
Board of Directors
Carl Cinardo Lyndhurst Police Department, NJ (Ret)
John Comparetto Passaic County Sheriffs Office, NJ & NYPD (Ret)
Gary Curtis Metropolitan Police Department, Metropolitan Police - DC (Ret)
Beth Kohlmann NYC Police Department (Ret)
Leo Smith Suffolk County Police Department, NY (Ret)
Chaplain: Lou Haarstick, NYPD (Ret)
(2008-2010) Michael Cannone Middlesex County Sheriffs Office, NJ (Ret)
(2010-2014) Dennis Cangelosi Ramapo Police Department, NY
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.
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