Horry County police announce Officer of the Year

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 10, 2013 

Horry County police LCpl. Barry Suggs

— Horry County police LCpl. Barry Suggs was named the department’s Officer of the Year during a ceremony on Saturday, according to authorities.

Suggs was named the June Officer of the Month after he handled a call of a man armed with a gun that month in the Loris area, said Chief Saundra Rhodes. During that incident, Suggs was able to negotiate with the man to free four hostages from the house.

Dispatcher at 911 received a call that the people, that included two adults, a 9-year-old and 2-year-old, were being held by the armed man inside the home, Rhodes said. The suspect called his mother’s cellphone and Suggs was able to speak to him during that call.

“LCpl. Suggs did an exceptional job with a negotiation that lasted approximately four hours,” Rhodes said. “This was a very stressful and intense negotiation.”

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