C. Spencer Guerry Biography
Major Guerry graduated from Macedonia High School in Moncks Corner and earned a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina in 1978. He was hired at the Georgetown Police Department on March 1, 1979, as a Patrol Officer. On May 24, 1980, Spencer married Sally Marie Bennett. Their union was blessed with two sons Ryan and James.
Over Major Guerry’s 15 year law enforcement career, he worked his way up through the ranks from Patrol Officer, Uniform Patrol Corporal, Staff Services Sergeant, Administration/Support Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Division and Uniform Patrol Division Captain, and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in February 1990. During this time, Deputy Chief Guerry completed the requirements for his Master’s Degree from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri. Deputy Chief Guerry graduated from the FBI Academy, Class#174, in 1993.
While investigating a suspicious vehicle on March 7, 1994, Major Guerry was shot, and died two days later from his wounds. The assailant was apprehended, convicted of Murder, and subsequently put to death by the State of South Carolina.
On March 9, 2004, The C. Spencer Guerry Law Enforcement Center was dedicated in honor of his commitment to excellence and the quality of service that he provided for the citizens of Georgetown.
The Guerry monument was purchased and installed using funds solicited from law enforcement officers. Officers from all over the United States, who loved and respected the major, donated freely. We thank these officers for their unselfish support. We dedicated the monument, of course, to Major Guerry, but we continue to dedicate our efforts and this ceremony to Sally, Ryan, and James. Sally Guerry plays an active role on the advisory board of Carolina Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), the SC Chapter of a national organization helping the surviving friends and family of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
The memorial serves as a rememberance of a hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the Citizens of Georgetown and can be viewed at Francis Marion Park in the Downtown area of Front Street in Georgetown, SC.