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Crimestoppers honors late sheriff
Monday, October 11, 2010

ORGANGEBURG, SC - The late Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams became the first person to receive the Crimestoppers Award for Excellence when he was recognized posthumously Friday for his work with the crime-fighting program.

Crimestoppers of the Midlands liaison Capt. Chris Cowan said the organization voted recently to honor one of its participants who helped make the program what it is by presenting Williams' remaining siblings with the award.

"A lot of times when we look back at the success -- 21,000 people have been arrested -- you have to look at the people who played a major role in Crimestoppers, and that was Sheriff Williams," Cowan said. "In 28 years of Crimestoppers, this has never been done. Thank you so much for sharing him with us."

Cowan presented the award to Williams' sisters, Francis Lucas, Anne Rumph and Brenda Simmons.

"We appreciate this recognition of my brother Larry Williams, from the brothers in Crimestoppers, and for the work you do in the community," Rumph said. "I hope Larry's legacy will be remembered."

Cowan said that since Crimestoppers was organized in the Palmetto State, more than 81,000 tips have been received. As a result, nearly 20,000 cases have been solved and $15 million in narcotics have been seized.

A three-term sheriff, Williams spent 33 years in law enforcement and had a significant role in contributing to those numbers, Cowan said.

"The reason we presented this award posthumously is because he was so involved, and to say thanks to his family for sharing him," Cowan said. "We wanted to do something because we wanted to recognize Sheriff Williams' dedication to this community."

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Chief Wendell Davis said Williams supported the idea several years ago to incorporate the local Crimestoppers program into the larger Midlands effort of 14 counties.

"Sheriff Williams and I spoke with the local Crimestoppers board, because we had the opinion the Crimestoppers program would be better served with more resources than just one county," Davis said. "So if we can get the information out there and more people are looking, you might have somebody in Newberry keeping an eye out for someone instead of just the people in one county."

Cowan said Crimestoppers' council, made up of two members from each of the 13 programs around the state, voted to recognize Williams' efforts by creating the Award for Excellence.

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