RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff's department have black bands over their badges as they mourn the passing of a fellow officer.
The Sheriff's department announced Tuesday Capt. Joseph Pellicci succumbed to cancer. He was 53 years old.
Members of the community may remember Pellicci as the department's public information officer.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Leon Lott said, "The passing of Captain Pellicci leaves a large void in the Richland County Sheriff's Department family because Joe so positively impacted everyone at the Sheriff's Department and in the Community; in so many ways. Joe was a man of God who cared for his family at home and the Department; he did so much for so many people and will be missed more than words can say."
According to Lott, Pellicci began his career as a television news reporter and then as the Public Information Officer for the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety before joining the Richland County Sheriff's Department in 1997 as the Public Information Officer.
Pellicci was promoted to Captain over the Special Services Division, where he oversaw the School Resource Officer Program, Project HOPE and Handicap Parking Programs.
According to the Sheriff's department statement, "Captain Pellicci was the consummate professional and completely dedicated to public service. He worked tirelessly for Special Olympics for many years and was responsible for helping to make the Richland County Sheriff's Department Special Services Division second to none in promoting safety in our schools and communities."
Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.