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Deputy Joseph Scott Quarles

January 23, 1981 - June 11, 2003

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office regrets to announce that they have lost a deputy as well as a friend this morning due to fatal single car accident.  Joseph Scott Quarles was traveling west on A.B. Jacks Road on his way to assist fellow deputies at the Laurens Speedway when he lost control of his police cruiser resulting in his untimely death.

Deputy Scott Quarles began his law enforcement career with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office on November 13, 2000 at the age of 19.  He performed various duties from clerical to civil process and worked in the Detention Center while waiting for his opportunity to become a certified Laurens County Deputy Sheriff.  Deputy Quarles was certified by the SC Criminal Justice Academy as a Class I Officer on January 25, 2002 just a few days after his 21st birthday.  He was finally legal age to carry a pistol and had the certification to back it up.  He worked at Gray Court Owings School as a School Resource Officer and finally went to the Uniform Patrol Division where his heart was after his tour of the school.  Scott also volunteered his spare time by working with the youth of the Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program as well as being a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and assisting in numerous community functions such as Kid-Prints, Festivals, Career Days, Safety Fairs and many, many more events.  He even played taps on his bugle at a 9/11 memorial for his community that he loved so much.

Deputy Quarles will be sorely missed at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and by the community he served so well.  Scott died doing what he loved most – being a deputy sheriff and serving the public.  Everyone who knew Scott knew what the sheriff’s office, his uniform and his badge meant to him.  He was one that took pride in the way he wore his uniform and represented himself and Laurens County.  He was a focused man who knew what he wanted and achieved it.  A young life that achieved much and gave much.  He was a role model and hero to many.  Deputy Joseph Scott Quarles answered his final and eternal call on Wednesday June 11, 2003 at the age of 22.



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