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Last surviving member of Original 9 honored

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City Council and the SCMPD recognized a man who paved the way for many who followed him.

On Thursday, retired Lt. John White received an honorary Police Chief badge.

White is the last surviving member of the Original Nine, the first black officers who joined the force in 1947.

"I am highly elated," said White. "The youth of the day need to set a goal in their life and instead of looking for goals, they need to set a goal."

White served on the force for more than 37 years and has been recognized by former mayors and presidents.

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