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Employee of the Year Announced

On February 26, 2016 in Events


Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has announced the winner and two honorable mentions for the Randy Faulk Employee of the Year Award, which is in memory of Mr. Randy Faulk who received the very first Employee of the Year award in 2006. Mr. Faulk was sadly taken from our world less than three years later after a brave battle with cancer. Mr. Faulk worked in the Horry County Maintenance Department and was truly a role model for all county employees, demonstrating that every employee can make a difference.

Horry County awarded three employees at J. Reuben Long Detention Center with the Randy Faulk Employee of the Year Award and they were Lt. Scott Bower, Corrections Officers Donnell Hargrove and James “Jake” Thompkins. During the floods in October, the officers witnessed a woman caught in the fast-flowing waters and was sucked beneath the roadway through a drainage pipe. She was underwater for approximately two to three minutes. The officers stopped to help rescue the woman and found her floating face down and showing no signs of life. They immediately performed CPR and transported her to a waiting ambulance. The woman was released from the hospital the next day and made a full recovery. As Employees of the Year, each officer received a plaque and a check for $1,000.

Two honorable mentions were also honored for their contributions and were previously Employee of the Quarter winners. They were Kenneth Urban, a Security Control Technician with the Department of Airports and members of the Horry County Technology Team to include Lt. John Harrelson and Officers Catina Hipp and Olaf Jonasson. They each received a check for $500.

The Employee Award Program focuses on an act or performance accomplished by an employee that is significant or of great value to the department or county organization as a whole and is beyond normal expectations of the employee. Considerations are also given to customer service, cost/time savings, recognized increased efficiency, and/or effectiveness, or revenue generated funds.