NEWBERRY — Michael Claytor has been named the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office 2016 Larry Bragg Deputy of the Year Award recipient.
The Larry Bragg Deputy of the Year Award is named in recognition of Deputy Lawrence Bragg III, who died in the line of duty in June 1989. The award is presented to a deputy sheriff who has shown dedication, loyalty, and leadership above and beyond the call of duty. The individual epitomizes the image of a law enforcement officer and the standards of the Sheriff’s Office.
When considered for this award, the quality and quantity of work contributed by the individual, leadership abilities, and the overall performance as a commissioned employee was considered. Participation in extra Sheriff’s Office activities and duties were also considered when making this nomination.
A lifetime resident of Newberry County, Claytor is a graduate of Whitmire High School and came to work with the Newberry County Detention Center as a Corrections Officer in 2009 and in September of that same year, transitioned to the Sheriff’s Office.
A 2010 graduate of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, Claytor was assigned to the Patrol Division of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. Since joining the agency, he has become a member of the agency’s C.I.R.T. (Critical Incident Response Tactical) team where he trains and participates in numerous special assignments and exercises.
Claytor credits his family as the firm foundation on which his work ethic, tireless dedication, life, and its successes have been built. He is an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoys fishing.
Claytor is also a previous 2013 Deacon Livingston Award Recipient. He was recently promoted to lieutenant earlier this year as he continues to make strides in doing an outstanding job.