Thursday, August 14, 2014
Growing up outside Wilmington, Ohio, Charlie Weaver, 49, of Murrells Inlet, served in the military before becoming a sheriff’s deputy.
After graduating from Clinton Massie High School in Ohio, he served for 22 years in the U.S. Army.
“When I was building my house, the sheriff lived right down the street from me,” Weaver said.
“I went on some ride-alongs and that is how I got started.”
Now he has served 10 years with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and has attained the rank of sergeant.
His specialized training includes certification in armor, handguns, long guns, shot guns, fire arms instruction for handguns, long guns and Taser instruction and OC chemical spray instruction for self defense.
He is also a certified marijuana analysis tester, public safety diver, advanced dive master, under water navigation and investigation.
As supervisor of the Garden City Beach Patrol, Weaver is a certified life guard, and certified in CPR, first aid, ocean water rescue and jet ski operation.
He is also certified by the National Association of State Boating Law Administration to assist the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, or any federal agency.
Weaver said his worst experiences as a police officer have been responding to calls for a lost loved one.
“When we respond to drownings and things of that nature it is very difficult,” Weaver said.
His best experiences have been locating lost loved ones and reuniting families.
“Whether is it an Alzheimer’s patient or a lost child on the beach, returning them makes it rewarding,” Weaver stated.
He added that it is also rewarding to visit elementary schools and get hugs from the kids.
“That makes it all worthwhile,” he said.
His professional goal is to retire from the sheriff’s office after serving 25 years, but he said he might still continue working.
“I would love to help with training or whatever I can do to be useful for the Sheriff’s Office and the community,” he stated.
“I am very happy doing what I am doing. I am blessed.”
Weaver is in a relationship and has three boys: Jacob, 25, Joshua, 21, and Jordan, 17.
He has a black Labrador Retriever named Cheyenne, 8, and a cat named Midnight, 1.
Describing himself as an outdoorsman, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking, bike riding, diving and boating.
“Most times when I leave work, you can’t find me,” Weaver said.
He added that his other passions include wood working and cooking.
His favorite sports teams are the Clemson Tigers, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys football teams.
He also fills in for a softball team in Myrtle Beach.
He enjoys a variety of music from heavy metal to classical, including country and contemporary Christian music.
He also likes to listen to comedian preachers like Jerry Clower.
With his sons, he goes hunting, swimming, boating and working on customized vehicles.
Weaver said his life goal is to make sure his kids are taken care of.
“I live every day with no regrets and I give it 110 percent,” he said.
“I would like to live a normal, healthy life with no remorse and no regrets.”