Winkeler Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety held induction ceremonies – both virtually and with limited guests – to formally induct 11 officers into the SC Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame.

Officer Jackson Winkeler

The department held a 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremony to formally induct the recipients into the Hall of Fame with many of their family members present.
Unlike last year’s ceremony, which inducted eight historical recipients who dated back to the 1860s, this year’s ceremony only recognized one historical inductee, J.B. McAdam, whose end-of-watch was in 1909. Of the remaining 10 officers inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2020, four died of complications from COVID-19; four officers lost their lives due to shootings in the line of duty; two died in collisions; and one by vehicle assault.
Among those inducted was Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler, Florence Regional Airport Public Safety, End of Watch: January 5, 2020 (Shooting death).
“Last year was a profoundly difficult one for the South Carolina law enforcement community as 10 officers were laid to rest,” said SCDPS Director Robert G. Woods, IV. “This is a solemn occasion when we come together in this way to let their families and departments know that their memories and contributions live on as we formally induct them into the SC Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame and honor their service and sacrifice.”