February is our Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award ceremony.

This year's recipient is Detective Heather Brummett of the Horry County Police Department.

Detective Mick Kathman of the HCPD received a Meritorious Duty award, as well.

Congratulations to both award recipients.

WMBF News clip of the ceremony.

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"When a good cop leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he [she] knows what they are leaving behind, because we already know. We know for example that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breathe that remains in his frame. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from the life. You are only escaping the “job” and we are merely allowing you to leave “active” duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,” and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known."

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The Coastal Carolina Shields is a fraternal group for retired law enforcement officers living in the Grand Strand region of North and South Carolina. The group's mission is to provide an opportunity for retired officers to meet and network with each other in a social atmosphere.

We currently have over 650 members representing 250+ different law enforcement agencies from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Federal Government, and our Canadian counterparts! Curious to see if your agency is represented?  Click here!

We meet the first Tuesday of the month but also coordinate many group activities as well. Please visit the events page for our all of upcoming functions. Some events the Shields have successfully scheduled:

**Quarterly HR-218 Qualifications**

Golf Outings, Motorcycle Trips, Sporting Events, Fishing , Shows, Cookouts, Christmas Party & more

Our meeting location is the clubhouse of The Legends Golf Course, 1500 Legends Drive (off Hwy 501) inMyrtle Beach.  We encourage new members to come and visit with us. Please note that all new members are asked to show retiree law enforcement credentials upon application.

We look forward to seeing y'all at the next meeting.

Requirements to become a member:

  • You must be a retired full time, career/paid law enforcement officer and be able to verify such.
  • You reside in NC or SC, at least part time, and we gladly welcome snow birds.
  • Annual dues are $15.00 ($7 if new member joining after July 1) and there is a one time $5 new member initiation fee.

You may click here for an application

Executive Board

President                               Hank Betts                             NYC Police Department (Ret.)

Vice president                      Michael Fanning                   NYC Police Department (Ret.)

Secretary                               Mike Grabarz                         Greenwich PD, CT (Ret.)

Treasurer                               Jim Cattrano                          NYC Police Department (Ret.)

Financial Secretary              Craig Leidig                           Pompton Lakes PD, NJ (Ret.)

Sergeant-at-Arms                Lisa Midwood                        NYC Police Department (Ret.)

Board of Directors

Carl Cinardo              Lyndhurst Police Department, NJ (Ret.)

John Comparetto      Passaic County Sheriffs Office, NJ & NYPD (Ret.)

Gary Curtis                 Metropolitan Police Department, Metropolitan Police - DC (Ret.)

Beth Kohlmann          NYC Police Department (Ret.)

Bill Petras                   Middletown Police Department, CT (Ret.)


Chaplain: Lou Haarstick, NYPD (Ret)

Past President:

(2008-2010) Michael Cannone       Middlesex County Sheriffs Office, NJ (Ret)

(2010-2014) Dennis Cangelosi      Ramapo Police Department, NY

John Stadelmann*                            NYPD (Ret)

*Honorary President

Contact Us ... email one of the board members above or send US mail to:

Coastal Carolina Shields
PO Box 1541
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Active association members can keep up to date with events, contact other members of the group, view photos, and obtain recent news by joining the SC Shields Yahoo group by clicking the Yahoo! and Facebook box below. lf you have difficulty joining the yahoo group please email Craig Leidig.

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You can also visit our Coastal Carolina Shields Facebook page.

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