5-year-old Berkeley County boy gets Civilian Service Award

Garrett Patterson

A 5-year-old boy who handed out muffins to those searching for the man who shot Berkeley County sheriff’s Lt. Will Rogers last month has been recognized with the Civilian Service Award.

Garrett Patterson of Moncks Corner got his mother to make muffins so he could deliver them to the search crew the morning of May 18, according to an announcement from the Sheriff’s Office.

The award is for “service in the performance of an outstanding act which substantially aided the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office in the performance of their duties.”

The citation says Patterson’s “extraordinary effort lifted up the morale of all personnel involved in the search. Because of Mr. Garrett Patterson’s efforts, the Sheriff’s Office personnel, as well as all other personnel involved, were able to continue with their search knowing they had the support of the community.”

Sheriff Butch Henerey also named Patterson an honorary deputy, with a badge to hang around his neck.

“We are so proud to have Garrett Patterson as an honorary deputy,” Henerey said in the announcement. “Garrett is a truly impressive young man with great thoughtfulness and maturity. His service to our department and the other agencies will never be forgotten.”

Henerey and County Supervisor Bill Peagler will recognize Patterson during the June 22 County Council meeting.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.