The South Carolina Highway Patrol has erected an official monument paying tribute to the 50 troopers who died in the line of duty throughout the patrol’s 82-year history.The monument is at the SC Department of Public Safety Blythewood headquarters.
“This monument is a tangible and permanent reminder that your loved one’s sacrifice was not in vain and will never be forgotten,” Col. Mike Oliver, commander of the Highway Patrol told the families. “Everyone who walks onto these grounds will be reminded that to live in a safe and secure society, a price has been paid.”
Families of fallen troopers, DPS and state officials and law enforcement were at Friday’s unveiling of the marker which was paid for through private fundraising and donations.
In his remarks, SCDPS Director Leroy Smith said, “Some of them gave their lives during a traffic stop. Some of them lost their lives by a cold-blooded act. All of them deserve this fitting tribute.”