Orangeburg Deputy Awarded Medal of Valor by Sheriff’s Association

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (PRESS RELEASE) – Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that an OCSO deputy has been presented with the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Valor award.

“It is my pleasure to recognize Deputy CJ Quinlan as a Medal of Valor recipient at the winter meeting of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association,” Ravenell said. “Deputy Quinlan has exemplified bravery and courage in saving a man’s life from a burning residence.”

Quinlan along with three other sheriff’s deputies from around the state were recognized during a ceremony on Thursday night at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. The other deputies were Berkeley County Sheriff’s Cpl. Kimber Gist, and Florence County Sheriff’s Cpl. William Odom and Dep. Tyler Urquhart.

The South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Valor Award is intended to bring special recognition to those sheriffs’ deputies who have displayed tremendous bravery or courage at some point in the previous calendar year.

“Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect our communities every day,” said Sheriff Jay Brooks of Chesterfield County, Medal of Valor Committee Chairman. “We certainly do not want to diminish the risks and sacrifices that all law enforcement officers make, but we do believe the four deputies we have selected to receive the Medal of Valor Award this year truly deserve special recognition.”

Cpl. Gist was shot multiple times yet not only survived but managed to give fellow officers a description and name of her assailant. Odom and Urquhart pulled a victim from a burning vehicle following a fiery crash.

OCSO Dep. Quinlan was on patrol when a call went out about a suspicious vehicle. That search led to a residential area in Sulton Court where Quinlan spotted a mobile home on fire. Quinlan managed to awaken the sleeping resident and get him out of the home that became fully involved in flames.

“It’s humbling, it’s humbling. I’m still in shock,” Quinlan said Friday of the award presented before sheriffs and officers from around the state. “But (the victim is) the hero.”