Preserving the memory of our brothers and sisters lost in the line of duty keeps their spirit alive in us all. Through this, our call to serve is much stronger and the will to keep going pushes us forward despite the deep losses we may experience in our careers. To know the officer personally makes the pain sharper, but familiarity is not necessary to be affected by the loss. When an officer is lost in the line of duty, a new name is added to the Sumter County Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial; a family grieves; officers become more hyper vigilant; and a community is changed.
This memorial page is one way we honor those we’ve lost to keep their lives fresh in our minds.
Cpl. Andrew Gillette
On February 26, 2020, Corporal Andrew Gillette was shot and killed while he and other deputies attempted to serve an eviction notice at a home in Sumter County. The subject opened fire, striking Corporal Gillette. Other deputies who were on the scene returned fire and killed the subject.
Sgt. Charles Kubala
Sgt Charles Benedict "Charlie" Kubala responded to what would be his final call of service for the citizens of Sumter County on On February 26, 1996. Sgt Kubala had been a member of our family faithfully serving for 13 years. His last few years he served as a shift supervisor in the Patrol Division. Charlie was married and the father of two small children at the time of his death. He was also very active in the Sumter community and was a dedicated mentor to many of the young people in the Sheriff's Office Explorer program.
Sgt Kubala was on scene at a prowler call when he was so brutally taken from us. A couple of months after the incident a fundraiser was started to honor Charlie and raise money for his children's college. Now in it's 16th year, the annual Charlie Kubala Memorial Golf Tournament has grown into Sumter's largest golf tournament and is one of the largest in South Carolina with almost 300 players in attendance each year. The charity has also expanded to cover various costs for any children of area law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as well as an immediate benefit payment to the spouse of any local officer killed in the line of duty.
Sgt. Allan Brazzell
Sgt Allan Brazzell was a Patrol supervisor with our agency when he was taken from us at the hands of a drunk driver on October 12, 1986. Sgt Brazzell had stepped out of his vehicle to remove some debris out of the roadway that had fallen off of a truck when he was fatally struck by a drunken driver.
Rural Officer William Strange
Rural Officer William Strange was killed in the line of duty on April 6, 1937. He was shot and killed while investigating an illegal moonshine still. When Strange and another deputy were surrounding a house in the woods, a suspect came out of the front door shooting, fatally striking Stange, and ran off into the woods. The suspect was never positively identified or brought to justice.