At approximately 4AM today, January 1, 2021, North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety Sergeant Gordon William Best lost his life in the line of duty. He was responding to a call for shots fired, when he lost control of his patrol SUV and struck a utility pole. Sergeant Gordon was the first officer in the history of the NMBDPS to lose his life in the line of duty. Sadly, he is also the first line of duty death for the state in 2021.
His end of tour was 0400 hours, 01 January 2021. He was 30 years old and leaves behind a wife and several children.
The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourns for our fallen comrade and stands with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety is this horrible time. Rest easy, brother. We have the watch, now.