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Fortenberry, Bash honored at annual Greer Police Banquet

Sgt. Patrick Fortenberry and Detective Jason Bash were among a number of officers who received top honors at the Greer Police Department's annual awards banquet Jan. 17 held at City Hall. 

Fortenberry, the department's training officer, received the Supervisor of the Year award. 

"It was kind of humbling knowing that the people in the police department and in the administration look highly on the work that you do," he said. 

Lt. Jim Holcombe said Fortenberry has gone above and beyond his duties as an officer by receiving a master's degree from Southern Wesleyan University in science and management. 

"My career goal is to be a chief of police sometime down the road, and that's something that will help me attain that goal," Fortenberry said. 

He added that he gets satisfaction from passing on the knowledge he's gained through his 13 years' experience and sharing it with other officers so they'll be able to perform their jobs better. 

Bash, who works as a detective in the investigations department, was named the Greer State Bank Officer of the Year. 

He said he enjoys the good rapport with his fellow officers as well as with other jurisdictions, which enables him to bring cases to a close. 

"It's just a lot of fun to come in and work on the cases and having very little to work with but then being able to solve the case," Bash said. "That's my joy -- making the victims proud and happy." 

Others honored were: Chief's Award, Tilda Burgess; Phil Carlton Rookie of the Year, Eric Cooper; Mike Garfield Community Service Award, the Rev. Keith Kelly; Civilian Employee of the Year, Cole Smith and Cathy Mayer. 

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