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Cpl. Hancock receives Law Enforcement Commendation Medal

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

On Monday, Cpl. John Hancock, with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort's Provost Marshal's Office, received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal in recognition for his outstanding achievement and dedication while serving the military and their families at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Parris Island and Laurel Bay. He has been with the Provost Marshal's Office for two and a half years and served in the Marine Corps for more than a decade. He says the honor came as quite a surprise.

"Everyone likes a pat on the back and this definitely means a lot. It keeps the motivation going, makes you want to try even harder," said Hancock.

Fellow officers say Corporal Hancock is known as the "mayor" of Laurel Bay because of his connection to the community.  They say they nominated him for the award because of his strong community policing skills.

"He found a missing child within five minutes of an Amber Alert on his off time, while he was off duty. He responded to a house fire and got the residents out of there. He is exceptional," said Morrell Carter, fellow officer.

This is the first time in 10 years that the local chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has given out this honor.

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