GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – Gaffney Police Department often turns to Reserve Lt. Ken Kyzer for help when the agency needs extra manpower.
The volunteer police officer has recorded more than 3,600 hours of service to his local police department over the past 15 years. Kyzer’s service includes about 200 hours of volunteer work recorded during the first eight months this year.
Kyzer was recognized for his diligence with the 2016 Solicitor’s Award for Cherokee County Law Enforcement Excellence.
According to a statement from the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, a committee of police officers from city, county and state agencies nominated and named Kyzer the winner.
Solicitor Barry Barnette presented Kyzer the award during his annual law enforcement appreciation dinner on Tuesday night.
Kyzer was awarded a weekend trip to the mountains and a BMW to drive on the vacation.
“Ken Kyzer personifies public service,” Barnette said in a statement. “He faithfully responds to community needs and pours his heart into his work.”
Last month alone, Kyzer reported about 51 hours of duty. He was acknowledged for his willingness to help with special events and partner with patrol officers.
Kyzer law enforcement career began as a state constable in June 1984. He worked in this role for 17 years before attending the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Reserve Program with the Gaffney Police Department and has served his hometown department ever since, according to the solicitor’s office.
Officer Nathan Walker of the Blacksburg Police Department, Sgt. Brandon Gardner of the Sheriff’s Office and Trooper Tanner Hamrick of the Highway Patrol were also recognized at the dinner.
The solicitor’s office says that generous donations from almost 40 community and regional leaders helped make the law enforcement dinner a success.
“I truly appreciate everyone’s willingness to support such a worthy cause,” Barnette stated. “Police officers and their families richly deserve a night of rest and relaxation for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.”