Travelers Rest Police Capt. John Gardner announces retirement

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — After serving for more than 25 years in law enforcement in Greenville County, Travelers Rest Police Dept. Capt. John Gardner is retiring, it was recently announced.

To celebrate the occasion, a surprise retirement party was held Monday at city hall, attended by city officials, members of the law enforcement community, co-workers, area business owners and residents, family, and friends.

"It was a bittersweet event for the department and the entire Travelers Rest community, but we’re excited for the Gardners as they enter this next phase," said Chief Lance Crowe. "He was an integral part of our team, and he will be sorely missed."

Gardner's career began in 1989 when he became a reserve deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. In March of 1991, Gardner became a full-time deputy with the sheriff's office, where he continued until August of 2006 when he joined the Travelers Rest department as a captain.

With Gardner's retirement, Travelers Rest Police Sgt. Randy Fisher has been promoted to fill position of captain. Fisher, who has over eighteen years of service as a certified officer in South Carolina, joined the Travelers Rest team a little more than four years ago.

Officer Ben Sambrano, who joined the force in July of last year after a full career with the U.S. Coast Guard and several years with the Greenville City Police Department, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant.

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