Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Some big honors Thursday for a Richland County Sheriff's Department Chaplain.
Gene Harper was given the honor of Chaplain Emeritus.
Sheriff Leon Lott and a number of his colleagues surprised him with a retirement party and presented him with a shirt and a plaque for all his years of service.
Harper helped start the chaplain's program at the sheriff's department more than 17 years ago. He is now in his 80s and is retiring.