Remembering Steve Hiott

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Remembering Steve Hiott

2016-08-15T09:55:31+00:00October 29th, 2015|Remember the Fallen|2 Comments

Stephen Buist Hiott, Jr.Today in 1982, around 1:00 am, Charleston County Police Patrolman Steven Buist Hiott, Jr., 31, and Patrolman Michael O’Connell, 34, made a traffic stop at an abandoned gas station at Highway 162 and Highway 165 in the Hollywood community. They believed a man suspected of stealing beer from a nearby convenience store occupied the car.

The twenty-year-old suspect fought with the officers, disarmed one of them and fatally shot Patrolman Hiott and critically injured Patrolman O’Connell. Citizens passing by saw the shooting and stopped to render aid to both officers and used one of the police car radios to call for assistance.

Patrolman Hiott, a seven-year veteran of the Police Department, is survived by his wife, his son, his parents, two brothers, a sister and maternal grandmother. He was the first member of the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3 killed in the line of duty.

Steven Buist Hiott, Jr.‘s name has been engraved on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Memorial on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia.  His name has been engraved at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, located on panel 53, E -4. Also, a plaque bearing Patrolman Hiott’s name is displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.

Evening Post 1982-10-29

Evening Post October 29, 1982


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  1. Nancy Bernard Russell October 29, 2015 at 9:54 am


  2. Pam Crabb October 29, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    John, Thank you for always remembering all fallen law enforcement officers. I thank you for remembering Steve these 33 years later. I know that you all never forget one of your own but it is always comforting to us, the family, to know that others remember them as well. My son, Steve and I thank you and the FOP Lodge #3 for the honor that you gave Steve by naming the Ultimate Sacrifice Award in his name. My hope and prayer is that it never has to be awarded to another family . Again, the words thank you do not convey the gratitude that my son and I have for each of you.

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