LINES FROM LINDA GREENVILLE KENNEL CLUB HONORS FALLEN HERO SGT. CONLEY JUMPER OF THE GREENVILLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT K-9 UNIT
BY LINDA AYERS TURNER KNORR
S gt. Conley Jumper responded to a call to assist fellow deputies attempting to subdue a man during a traffic stop. When a scuffle broke out between the man and the officers, Sgt. Jumper was unable to disengage from the stopped vehicle as the man drove his car into traffic, pinning Sgt. Jumper between the suspect’s vehicle and an oncoming 18-wheeler tractor trailer. Even though he was critically injured, Sgt. Jumper signaled a thumbs-up to his fellow deputies as he was wheeled into the ambulance. The accident, however, claimed his life. Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said, “What made Sgt. Jumper unique was his unwavering, loving, and cheerful attitude that couldn’t help but rub off on those working alongside him.” The partnership between the Greenville County Sheriff ’s Office K-9 Unit and the Greenville Kennel Club began in 2003. Sgt. Jumper contacted Blake Roulette, then GKC Club President and a for- mer law enforcement officer himself, to inquire as to whether the club would have an interest in assisting the Sheriff ’s Department with the purchase of some much- needed training equipment. Sgt. Jumper had the foresight to think outside the box, as the K-9 unit was required to be self-sufficient in raising funds for their equipment for the dogs as well as for ongoing training.
Sheriff Hobart Lewis, Cat Jumper, Jeanette Stribling, Dr. Robert Presley, Kris Harner, Rep. Jason Elliott, Gloria Askins Blake Roulette, and BIS Judge Michael Faulkner, surrounded by Greenville County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit Officers. photo courtesy of Bryan McNabb Photography
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