The trooper shot during a traffic stop in Orangeburg County last year has been recognized for his valor.
Highway Patrol Cpl. Q.M. Brown received the S.C. Department of Public Safety’s Director’s Award for Valor during a ceremony Tuesday.
The department also recognized several other troopers for exceptional service during the year, including Trooper Shawn Hallingquest, who serves Orangeburg and Calhoun counties. The trooper of the year is Senior Trooper Wilson Owens Horton Jr. of Lake City, who represented Troop One.
On May 4, 2008, Brown initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with an out-of-state license plate. The driver of the vehicle pulled over in the parking lot of a nearby gas station. Brown said as he approached, he saw what he believed to be marijuana on the front seat of the vehicle.
Brown searched and detained the driver, and was in the process of handcuffing the front seat passenger when he was shot, according to DPS. Brown reacted quickly, immediately returning fire.
Brown was struck twice in his bullet-proof vest and once in his forearm before seeking cover in the gas station. Once inside the gas station, he asked for someone to call 911, and then ensured that customers inside the store had not been harmed. After a witness rendered first aid, Brown went back outside and secured the area until back-up arrived.
DPS credits the extensive training Brown received, both in the U.S. Army and at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, with allowing him to remain calm while under heavy gunfire.
Maintaining his composure even after being shot multiple times, Brown put the safety of the public before his own, DPS said.
Brown has been with the S.C. Highway Patrol since January 2000. Prior to joining the Highway Patrol, he served five years in the U.S. Army.
Officials allege Anthony Donnell Glover, 21, was the triggerman in the shooting. He has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill along with his uncles, 37-year-old Michael Glover and 34-year-old Anthony T. Glover.
DPS officials say Hallingquest, the Troop Seven honoree, displays a genuine concern for the citizens of Orangeburg County.
He sets high standards for himself — on and off the job — and is very involved with the community, DPS says. He strives to understand the “big picture” of fatality reduction, and seeks not only to enforce the traffic and criminal laws of this state, but also to educate and inform the public about traffic safety.
Hallingquest often volunteers for assignments that involve school safety as well as speaking engagements at churches and civic organizations within the Orangeburg community.
He was born in Frankfurt, Germany and spent most of his childhood in Cameron. He attended high school at Orangeburg-Wilkinson. Hallingquest completed his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1994 and continued his education at South Carolina State. He received his master’s degree in criminal justice in 1996.
In 2002, he began his law enforcement career with the city of Orangeburg Police Department, until he joined the Highway Patrol in 2005.
He coaches T-Ball through the Orangeburg Recreation Department and mentors a group of young men at New Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Other troopers honored Wednesday were:
* Troop Two: Trooper First Class Benji Wilson Humphries
* Troop Three: Senior Trooper Michael D. Looney
* Troop Four: Lance Cpl. Joseph W. Tate
* Troop Five: Senior Trooper Clinton A. Bostic
* Troop Six: Lance Cpl. Steve P. Grainger
* Troop Eight: Cpl. Jeffrey S. Arledge
* Troop Nine: Lance Cpl. James F. Brown
* Troop 11: Sgt. Edward J. Talbot Jr.
* Blythewood Telecommunications: TCO Cherie Young
* Charleston TCC: TCO II Shatara L. Hilton
* Florence TCC: TCO Kay J. Knotts
* Greenwood TCC: TCO Paula Morgan
* TCO of the Year: Greenville TCC: TCO Iris Stroble