May 032021

A well-known figure in South Carolina Bob Beres, better known as Trooper Bob, joined the club to discuss his duties as an officer and how to safely navigate the roadways.

Trooper Bob was born in a refugee camp in Baden, Austria after his parents escaped from Hungary. His family immigrated to their hometown Fairfield, Connecticut with just $500 to their names. After graduating high school Trooper Bob joined the U.S. Navy and during his four-year enlistment, he served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. He also served on USS Mount Baker, and has traveled to Spain, Italy, Norway, and Nova Scotia.

In August 1994, he joined the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He was stationed in Dorchester County until 2007 when he became a spokesperson after earning the Trooper of The Year award in 2007 for helping a woman whose home had burned down. He is probably best known for his clever safety messages on social media. In 2018, he won an Emmy for his Drunk Driving Emoji Public Service Campaign. Commercials aired across South Carolina and the message was on 170 billboards across the state.

In his off time, Bob enjoys spending time with friends and family including his grandson. He loves to volunteer and to help raise money for Special Olympics.

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