Capt. Joseph Pellicci, a longtime officer with several Midlands law enforcement agencies, has passed away.
He was 53.
Pellicci’s death 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.
Pellicci began his career working as a reporter at WLTX-TV and then became a public information officer for the S.C. Highway Patrol and then the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
He joined the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 1997 as a public information officer.
SLED Chief Mark Keel, the state’s 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 is survived by his wife, two children and a son-in-law, who is a Richland County sheriff’s deputy.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Staff writer John Monk contributed.