Florence officers win trooper, telecommunications officer of the year awards

COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – Two officers from Florence were honored Monday at the Trooper of the Year and Telecommunications Officer of the Year ceremony in Columbia.

According to the SC Department of Public Safety, L/Cpl. Kenneth M, Small of Florence was named the 2016 Trooper of the Year and Brad Lee of Florence was named the 2016 Telecommunications Officer of the year.

Small, assigned to Troop Eight Safety Improvement Team, was alerted to an unresponsive child during a traffic stop on November 10, 2016, and performed CPR, saving the child’s life.

Small’s son, Kenneth F. Small was awarded Trooper of the Year for Troop 5.

The ceremony was held at the SC Public Safety headquarters and included special guest Governor Henry McMaster.