Colleton County Fire-Rescue


Lieutenant Richard Wood of Station # 6 was presented with the Order of the Palmetto during the County Council Meeting, Tuesday 1-September. The Order of the Palmetto is one of the highest civilian honors awarded by the Governor of South Carolina. It originated with Gov. John West who created the honor to recognize lifetime achievement and service. The award was presented by local businessman Billy Padgett. Governor Sanford sent a letter apologizing for not attending due to a conflict. The Council Chambers were packed, with standing room only. Many community leaders, past and present Judges also attended. The 63 year old Wood was recognized for his service to the State of South Carolina, Colleton County and the Community of Green Pond. Among those achievements, he has served the Green Pond Baptist Church; was instrumental, along with others, in bringing fire protection to the Green Pond Community in 1972 and served in many positions over the years including Fire Chief; He has continually served on the Fire Department and now in the Fire-Rescue Department for 38 years; He has served as a Magistrate for 34 years, many of those as Chief Magistrate earning him the reputation as a fair and honest man. Mr. Wood operates a

successful construction company with his son and is a wonderful man who has helped many in his lifetime.