RICHLAND COUNTY — Capt. Joseph Pellicci, a longtime officer with several Midlands' law enforcement agencies, has passed away.
He was 53.
Pellicci's passing was announced by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. Pellicci had been supervising the Special Services Division, which included the School Resource Officer Program, Project HOPE and Handicap Parking Programs. "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 a release from the sheriff's department. SLED Chief Mark Keel, the states top law enforcement officer, called Pellicci an awesome individual.
Keel said he had known Pellicci in various capacities over the years and whenever he saw him, he knew he was in the presence of a special human being.
He loved what he was doing; he loved his profession, Keel said.
Another thing about Pellicci, said Keel: How much he loved his family that stood out. What a great family man.
Pellicci began his career working as a reporter at WLTX-TV and then as the Public Information Officer for the S.C. Highway Patrol and then the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
He joined the Richland County Sheriffs Department in 1997 as the Public Information Officer.
Pellicci is survived by his wife, two children and a son-in-law who is a Richland County Sheriffs deputy.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.