Daughter of fallen S.C. deputy follows in his footsteps

"Coming from a law enforcement family, it is in your blood, it's in your DNA," the daughter of late Sgt. William Jumper said after graduating the academy

By Sarah Roebuck

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The legacy of a fallen South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officer will live on through his daughter, WLTX reports

Following in her late father's footsteps, Catherine Jumper graduated from the South Carolina Justice Academy on Sept. 8 and will join SLED's alcohol enforcement team. 

Sergeant William "Conley" Jumper of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office died after he was hit while arresting a suspect in October 2020. He was a 28-year veteran of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and was assigned to the Interdiction Team.

Jumper expressed that she has been consistently embraced and supported by the law enforcement community. She emphasized that her decision to become an officer wasn't merely a career choice, but rather a profound calling.

"You can't run from the fear of what could happen," Jumper told WLTX. "You know, you embrace it. Coming from a law enforcement family, it is in your blood, it's in your DNA and you can't deny that fact. I knew it was my calling to join law enforcement." 

The justice academy permits family members in law enforcement to hand over the graduate's certificates. Adhering to this practice, late Sgt. Jumper's cousin, another law enforcement officer, was the one to present Jumper's certificate.


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