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Four officers who were shot and killed by a gunman last November were given the state’s Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Friday at a ceremony honoring more than a dozen officers.
Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards and Ronald Owens were among the seven officers who received medals for posthumous service. Seven other officers received medals for serious injury or meritorious conduct.
Gov. Chris Gregoire put a wreath at the Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Campus, and along with Attorney General Rob McKenna, presented the posthumous and other medals and portraits of all of the officers Friday afternoon.
“All of the men and women we honor, did their duty,” Gregoire said. “They signed up, they put on their badge, they answered when people were in need. Their courage was evident every time they put on their uniform.”
South Carolina remembered and paid tribute Wednesday to the law enforcement officers who died last year. The annual Law Enforcement Memorial at the Criminal Justice Academy was to honor all the officers in the state who died last year, especially the one who died in the line of duty. Highway Patrol Lance Corporal Jonathan Nash was killed September 19, 2009. Nash was killed when another vehicle hit his motorcycle as he was leading a motorcade of vehicles honoring another trooper who was killed in the line of duty in 1992.
Col. Kenny Lancaster, commander of the Highway Patrol, was Nash’s supervisor at the time. “He’s just that compassionate guy that we will surely miss and we already have. And if we got more people like John Nash that really cared about the citizens of our state, we’d be better off,” he says.
Corporal Nash’s name was placed on the Officers’ Wall of Honor at the Criminal Justice Hall of Fame.