Horry County Police Department
Lance Corporal Erik Karney entered into law enforcement in 2003 with Conway Police Department as a patrol officer.
After six months as the School Resource Officer at Conway Middle School he left Conway Police Department and joined Horry County Police Department becoming the School Resource Officer for the Socastee High School.
Four years later on September 21, 2010 Officer Karney narrowly escaped death at the hands of a student, it will be a day he will never forget.
It was right after lunchtime at the high school when a student walked into the SRO's office "to talk".
And after a few minutes the kid pulled a gun from his backpack and pointed it at Officer Karney. That's when Officer Karney's training kicked in and as he lunged at the student in an attempt to disarm him the gun suddenly went off. But the bullet missed Officer Karney striking the wall instead causing pieces of concrete to hit Officer Karney in the face. Even though Officer Karney's face was injured and had powder burns he was able to disarm the student which ended the possible threat to staff and other students. Later that day pipe bombs also found in the student's backpack. For his actions that day Officer Karney was awarded by the Coastal Carolina Shields the 2010 Officer for Year.
Officer Karney is well respected at the schools and among his peers says his Sergeant. As the local director for Special Olympics, in his county, Officer Karney has been raising money for Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the last five years and say's it's something he really enjoys and it's his way of giving back to the community.