Former Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young has died

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WINNSBORO – Former Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young has died. Sheriff Young was first elected Sheriff in 1992, and served the county for 22 years before resigning in 2014 for health reasons. He won six consecutive bids for office.

During his service to the county, Young enjoyed many honors including being named Sheriff of the Year in 1996 and served as the 2011-12 Sheriff’s Association’s President. Young was credited with creating a Summer Kids Camp that has been nationally recognized.

A statement on the Sheriff’s Association’s Facebook page states: Sheriff Young was a gentleman and the consummate professional. He served as a mentor to many, both in the community and within his profession.

In 2014, Young stepped down from office after over two decades, citing medical reasons.

In 2015, Young was awarded the S.C. Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest award, for his 62 years in law enforcement.

Former Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young (center) was honored in February 2015, with the S.C. Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest award, for his 52 years in law enforcement, 22 of which were spent as Fairfield County Sheriff. Surrounded by his deputies, Young accepts the award from Director of S.C. Department of Public Safety Leroy Smith. Young’s wife, Peggy, is at right. | Barbara Ball