Editorials

Editorial | At Last, a Memorial for Lt. Floyd

February 13, 2013 

If some S.C. lawmakers have their way, the meeting of S.C. 9 and S.C. 410 near Green Sea will soon be the Lieutenant John Ronald Floyd Intersection. It’s about time.

We often roll our eyes when we see that S.C. lawmakers have decided to name another stretch of local asphalt, as much of the time the honor is bestowed upon other politicians or influential citizens. We’ve got nothing in particular against these folks and their achievements, but they’ve certainly got the power, wealth and sway to ensure that their legacies are remembered. Naming a road after these luminaries, especially those still living who might yet embarrass themselves and the state, is often simply an exercise in reciprocal back-scratching.

That’s not the case for heroes such as Lt. Floyd, the first Horry County Police officer killed in the line of duty, June 25, 1986. If anyone deserves to have a road or bridge named after them, it’s the fallen law enforcement officers and military members who gave their lives to protect the rest of us.

The other two Horry County officers who lost their lives on duty already have stretches of local road named after them. Cpl. Dennis Lyden, killed in June 2000, has his name on S.C. 544, from U.S. 501 in Conway to its end in Surfside Beach. And a 2008 legislative action named a road near Loris after Sgt. Henry Stalvey, killed in September 1986. Lt. Floyd deserves no less.

Floyd, who died in a late-night accident on a slippery road while responding to an elderly woman’s report of a prowler, was mourned heavily by his fellow officers at the time of his death.

“You can never replace a man like Ronald,” then-Detective Lt. Guy Osborne said at the time. “He exemplified everything a police officer should be.” (Osborne went on to serve 23 years with Horry County police before becoming Pawleys Island police chief.)

The resolution naming the road after Lt. Floyd still has to make it out of the House committee where it’s sitting and then pass the Senate as well, but there’s no reason to believe it should be held up, and we look forward to soon driving through the officer’s memorial intersection.

Twenty-seven years after Lt. Floyd’s death, we remember once again his sacrifice and his dedication. His efforts should not be forgotten, and if all goes as it should in Columbia, they will not. Thank you, lieutenant.

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