Four years ago, on March 25, two officers from the Moncks Corner, S.C. police department were dispatched to a domestic violence incident. One of the officers was Quincy native son, PFC Lonnie Michael Wells and the other was Cpt. Marcus Stiles. Neither man returned that day because they were both killed by the husband of the woman they went to protect.
"I have made a promise that, as long as I am able, I will be in Quincy, Florida on March 25," said Lt. Wendell Bowen III of the Moncks Corner police department.
Last Friday Bowen, accompanied by Bonneau (the town closest to Moncks Corner) Police Department Chief Franco Fuda, brought a headstone to be placed on the gravesite at Sunnyvale Cemetery in Quincy.
"March 25, 2007 PFC Lonnie Wells and his partner made the ultimate sacrifice in losing his life for the community he served. The Town of Moncks Corner, SC will never forget the sacrifice he made on their behalf. The police department, the community and he children he served will be forever grateful. PFC Lonnie Wells R-15. Moncks Corner Officer of the Year 2005," the monument read.
Surrounded by Wells' family, friends and deputies from the Gadsden County Sheriff's office, Bowen remembers Wells for his big personality and equally big voice. Wells was, Bowen said, a joy to be around both on and off duty.
The Stiles family still reside in Moncks Corner and Fuda and Bowen said they are able to support and help them throughout the year.
"This is special because we only get to see you all once a year. We love coming down here and it's never a chore," Fuda said.
"On behalf of the family we thank you. You honor us and we honor you. We appreciate everything you have done and are still doing," said family spokeperson Nancy Gee.