Putting family first
Joe Toppe Staff Writer
PICKENS COUNTY – Lt. Lane Byers of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office places a high priority on family.
“What we do here can influence a lot of people,” Byers said. “We have to make the correct decisions, but what counts at the end is your family. Your family will look to you for leadership, guidance or for protection, and as you get older, that becomes more important because you are the figurehead of the family. If you have an honorable life, they will choose to have an honorable life. As you grow, they grow.”
Byers is a lifelong resident of Pickens County and a 1973 graduate of Pickens High School.
“I went to Easley schools until I was in the ninth grade,” Byers said. “I then moved to Pickens with my parents and graduated from Pickens High School, so I have friends from both areas. I see them everywhere and we are all getting to the age now that our group has become the leaders of the community.”
Following high school, Byers worked as a butcher for both Bi-Lo and Ingles until joining the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
“I had a friend and his father was a deputy sheriff with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office,” Byers said. “I talked to him several times and he told me to come up here and speak to the supervisors about joining the office. They hired me as a reserve in 1982 and I worked as a reserve until 1984 when Sheriff Stone offered me a full time position on uniformed patrol.”
Byers said his father’s military background inspired him to pursue a career in law enforcement.
“We were raised with my father’s stories of the military,” he said. “He instilled in us that respect for the government, the military, the flag, and the uniform. We were raised to be leaders in the community and and to be someone that could help people. It fell into place when we came into law enforcement.”
Byers is now working in criminal investigations for the sheriff’s office.
“I started in criminal investigations in late 1990,” Byers said. “I was the youngest member here at the time and I had a lot to learn. You come down here thinking you know everything, but when you get here, you find out you didn’t know anything. But the guys who had been around for a while were patient with me and they took the time to teach me. I enjoy investigations, its like putting a puzzle together, and I hope to finish my career here.”
Byers is a married father of seven with ten grandchildren.
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