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Deputy fired for supporting wrong candidate wins 'Deputy Sheriff of the Year Award'
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Kershaw County sheriff's deputy who recently lost 100 pounds and was fired, he says, by the former sheriff because he was supporting the wrong man in the 2010 election was recognized as the department's "deputy of the year" by members of the community on Sunday.

Kershaw County Businessman Joe Upchurch announced Deputy Tracey "Tick" Wilson as the 2011 winner of the W. Roger Latham Deputy of the Year Award. The law enforcement service award recognizes exceptional qualities of service and dedication throughout the year.

Wilson is a corporal in the warrant division and has worked for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office for 12 years -- minus about 6 months in 2010 when, he says, he was fired by former Sheriff Steve McCaskill for supporting Jim Matthews in the sheriff's election.

Wilson and another deputy said they were fired in June of 2010 because they did not support the same candidate that the retiring McCaskill supported.

After the firing, Wilson started working out. He lost 47 pounds and was rehired when Matthews took office in January. Since then, he has lost over 50 more.

During the awards ceremony, Upchurch noted Deputy Wilson "looks a little different" than last year. Deputy Wilson has lost more than 100 pounds after he started an exercise routine and healthy eating habits. Physical health is one of the goals of Matthews' administration.

Upchurch, through his insurance business, Upchurch and Jowers, established and funds the annual award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize. Members of the community nominate deputies and a private panel of individuals chooses the winner.

"Roger Latham was one of the finest law enforcement officers I ever met," said Joe Upchurch. "He served Kershaw County well for more than 27 years and it's an honor to recognize Deputy Wilson's commitment with this award."

"Mr. Upchurch has supported the Sheriff's Office through this annual award for fifteen years," said Sheriff Jim Matthews. "His generosity and support means a lot to those of us who have devoted our lives to protecting our community. I want to thank Mr. Upchurch and congratulate Deputy Wilson."

Sunday's award ceremony took place as the Sheriff's office and members of 911 dispatch gathered for Christmas. Employees were invited to The Little Theater in Camden for pictures with Santa and a movie.

Wilson is the father of 3 children and resides in the Westville community of Kershaw County. He also won the sheriff's office's Deputy of the Year award in 2009.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/16190487/deputy-fired-for-supporting

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