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Upstate deputy awarded Solicitor's Award for service in community

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Solicitor Barry Barnette's 17th annual Cherokee County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. (8/28/17 FOX Carolina) Solicitor Barry Barnette's 17th annual Cherokee County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. (8/28/17 FOX Carolina)
Solicitor Barry Barnette's 17th annual Cherokee County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. (8/28/17 FOX Carolina) Solicitor Barry Barnette's 17th annual Cherokee County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. (8/28/17 FOX Carolina)
Solicitor Barry Barnette's 17th annual Cherokee County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. (8/28/17 FOX Carolina) Solicitor Barry Barnette's 17th annual Cherokee County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. (8/28/17 FOX Carolina)
Deputy Aaron Bowles. (8/28/17 FOX Carolina) Deputy Aaron Bowles. (8/28/17 FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputy Aaron Bowles with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was presented the Solicitor's Award for Cherokee County Law Enforcement Excellence at Solicitor Barry Barnette's 17th annual Cherokee County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner.

The banquet took place at Broad River Electrical Cooperative Monday evening.

In a pamphlet handed out at the ceremony, Solicitor Barry Barnette said, "He [Deputy Bowles] does a great job of identifying community needs and doing what he can to fix them."

Deputy Bowles joined the sheriff's office in 2011 and was promoted to sergeant in 2016. While acting as supervisor, Deputy Bowles made 87 criminal arrests and wrote 220 incident reports. He is also a member of the agency's SWAT Team and the Honor Guard.

"On July 8, 2017, Bowles and other deputies responded to reports of multiple people shot at Club Empire in downtown Gaffney," said solicitor spokesperson Glenn Murray. "The veteran deputy waded through a crowd of nearly 250 people to render aid to a man who sustained a gunshot to his chest. Bowles applied direct pressure to the wound while fellow police officers cleared the scene for emergency medical responders.  Bowles maintained his position while medics treated the patient and called for a medical helicopter.

The shooting victim survived and Bowles received a letter of commendation from medics."

The solicitor Barry Barnette also pointed out that beyond the traditional measuring points of law enforcement success, Deputy Bowles recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Columbia College.

"They work day in and day out so hard for us and nobody sees all the good things," Solicitor Barnette said. "We do as the solicitor's office, we see what they do, the hard work that they do for us every day and for the people of Cherokee County."

A committee of officers from city, county and state-funded police departments nominated and named the winner of the Solicitor's Award.

The prize package includes a weekend in the mountains and a BMW to drive on vacation. Bowles will also have his name added to a plaque that hangs on the wall of the Cherokee County Solicitor's Office.

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