The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island recently held its annual recognition of law enforcement officers and firefighters chosen by their organizations for the 2021 Rotary Public Service Recognition Award. Jim Haley, Rotary Club of HHI Director of Vocational Services, presented the program via Zoom.
Major Angela Viens of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office announced that Corporal Andrew Calore has been named Officer of the Year. Corporal Calore hails from a law enforcement family and has been with the Beaufort County police force since 2010. In 2012 he earned a spot on the Special Weapons and Tactics Team and currently serves as an Assistant Team Leader. He is assigned to the Southern Investigations Section, which includes Bluffton and Hilton Head. His keen knowledge of current technology adds to his proficiency working cases involving cybercrime. Corporal Calore researched and developed a process for handling large quantities of evidence, minimizing the potential for error and saving time, allowing deputies to more quickly return to police work. This research led to the development and implementation of the drone project, which will be a critical tool in crowd management in patrolling large scale events. His experience, knowledge of criminal procedure and commitment to the Sheriff’s Office and the Beaufort County community are just a few of his many attributes. Corporal Calore acknowledged the people who have supported him, including Major Viens, a past recipient of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s Public Service Recognition Award, and Sheriff B. J. Tanner.
Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue Chief Brad Tadlock presented the Firefighter of the Year Award to Captain Lee Jenkins. In addition to being a firefighter, Captain Jenkins performs double duty as a paramedic. Captain Jenkins is a native Islander and has served with the Fire Department and our community since 2006. With his special connection to the community, Chief Tadlock noted that Captain Jenkins’ focus on learning how to better interact with and engage the community has been a positive force in the department. Over the past year he has been recognized for his advocation of the department even during the pandemic. Captain Jenkins sets high standards for himself and his subordinates and demonstrates the highest level of dedication to the mission of fire rescue. As a paramedic, Captain Jenkins was on the front lines day and night during the early days of the pandemic, entering homes of people in need not knowing how the virus was spreading. Growing up on Hilton Head, Captain Jenkins is very aware of Rotary’s positive presence in the community. He attended Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island associates — The Children’s Center and VIM — where he learned about Rotary. Captain Jenkins said he is a believer in the Rotary motto of service above self.