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Pelion PD swears in new reserve officer

Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) At the last town council meeting, John E. Dorroh was sworn in as a reserve officer with the Pelion Police Department.

Dorroh started his career with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department as a correctional officer in 2000. He continued working with the sheriff’s department until he accepted a position with the S.C. Highway Patrol in 2003. He graduated their 20-week course and was assigned to patrol Richland County. After 6 months, he transferred within the patrol to Lexington County.

In 2005, Dorroh decided to transfer to the State Transport Police because he had experience as a mechanic. He returned to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for an additional 6 weeks of training. That course specialized in commercial vehicle inspections and weight laws.

During his time with the SCTP, Dorroh was consistently named officer of the month for his high activity and a great work ethic. In 2012, he was promoted to corporal over District 1 in Lexington County.

In late 2014, Corporal Dorrah was placed in charge of a Hazmat Team. They were responsible for radioactive shipments along with all other hazardous loads being moved through the state by commercial vehicle.

Dorroh has always had a passion for helping people by mentoring and leading by example. Reserve Officer Dorroh said recently that it is an honor to help keep the citizens of the Pelion area safe by serving as a reserve officer. He is currently working with several other reserve officers and two career members of the department under the direction of Interim Chief Mike Crider. Crider took the helm at the same meeting in August upon the retirement of Chief Chris Garner.

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