MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Fallen Myrtle Beach police officer Jacob Hancher on Thursday was awarded Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.
Hancher was given the award during a ceremony by Horry County Fire Rescue. Hancher’s mother and father and his colleagues accepted the award on his behalf.
“For his constant drive to help anyone and his dedication to Horry County Fire Rescue, we recognize the late firefighter Jacob Hancher with the 2020 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year,” said Chris Nash, assistant chief with Horry County Fire Rescue.
In addition to being a police officer, Hancher was also a volunteer firefighter with Horry County Fire Rescue and a parishioner at St. James in Conway.
Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock was there to help present the award to Hancher’s family and colleagues who accepted it on his behalf.
“It’s another great reminder of how much impact he had in the community — and just what a selfless, brave guy he really was,” Myrtle Beach Police Department Lt. Michael Quinn said.
“The fire department was important,” said Suzanne Williams, Hancher’s mother. “That was his first love and it was a big part of service for him. He spent a lot of nights there, put in a lot of effort with that department so it’s wonderful to see it recognized. I know he would be very proud to receive this award.”
Williams said her son had a servant’s heart and that showed in his dedication to the community.
“He loved this community,” Williams said. “He loved the people in this community and he loved giving back to this community.”
“Not only was he a police officer and a firefighter, he was always a driver operator and EMT,” Nash said. “He would dedicate his spare time to train others, share his experiences, or simply lend a helping hand when needed.”
Hancher was killed in the line of duty in October 2020 in a shooting near Yaupon Drive. Hancher was a Community Service Officer for four years and was a police officer for less than one year. He was 23 years old.
Dozens of other firefighters and EMS personnel were also awarded Thursday night, including the Medal of Heroism and Firefighter of the Year.