As Thanksgiving approaches, it's time to talk about what we're thankful for.
One of those things is our public safety officials, who look at places and situations we wouldn't go into for a million bucks - and go there for a lot less. One of those heroes is State Trooper Marvin Titus.
Twenty-one years ago today, Trooper Titus died in the line of duty in Bamberg County. He was shot three times with his own weapon and killed after chasing a man in a stolen car into a wooded area near the town of Denmark. The suspect was apprehended later in the night and sentenced to life in prison.
Titus is survived by his parents and eight siblings.
Titus had joined the Highway Patrol after serving in Operation Desert Storm and is one of six law enforcement officers lost in Bamberg and Orangeburg Counties since 1958.
There are two memorials to Trooper Titus:
- Marvin Leroy Titus' name has been engraved at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. His name can be located on panel 8, E -18.
- A plaque bearing Marvin Leroy Titus' name is displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.