MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach on Monday awarded Zachary Reffey the Officer Joe McGarry Memorial Police Officer of the Year award for 2021.

He was chosen from among six nominees.

Reffey has been with the Myrtle Beach Police Department for seven years. During that time, he has helped save three distressed swimmers, helped locate 30 children who got separated from their families and helped track down a fugitive using his knowledge of community members.

He is also active in the community and has been a part of the “Shop with a Hero” program in December.

Reffey shared what he felt when he received the nomination and award.

It’s huge, it felt very good,” he said. “To be part of those nominees as well and be part of that group and to be represented as, you know, one of them, it felt very rewarding.”

He said he is thankful for the support from his wife and family as well as the trust from the police department.