COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - After more than two decades as one of the South Carolina law enforcement community's most visible fixtures, the man known as "Trooper Bob" is hanging up his badge.
Lt. Bob Beres tells The Associated Press he's retiring this fall after 24 years in the Patrol. His last day on the job will be Friday, Nov. 30.
One of the Patrol's chief spokesmen, Beres is tasked with sharing with reporters details about crash investigations and general safety tips. Standing 6-foot-5, Beres is impossible to miss, a larger-than-life presence on the job around the state.
But it's Beres' innovative use of social media that's not only won him legions of adoring fans across the state and region - it also landed him an Emmy award earlier this year.
🚨🚓😀👮🏻♂️🔜❤️@TrooperBob_SCHP hangs up his holster this Friday after more than 20 years!!— Jason Harper (@j_theharper) November 27, 2018
We love this guy!
Help us say THANK YOU for his service and his use of emojis by sending him a message USING EMOJIS! 🤯@FOX46News @pagefehling @FOX46Nick @ChuckRoadsFox46 @RochelleFox46 pic.twitter.com/rITGbVVIbI
A few more days and that’s a wrap! I’ll be turning in all my stuff this Friday morning and then retiring. All I ask is that you all please continue to pray for the safety of all first responders 🚔🚑🚒. I’ll miss my unit, but I know they will continue to do a great job! #Pic1994 pic.twitter.com/DENEOg9SHB— Trooper Bob (@TrooperBob_SCHP) November 25, 2018